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ID: 1742
Result Photo
Test Date: Jun 01, 2008
Pub. Date: Aug 26, 2009
Src Location: Pasadena, TX
Submitter Loc: Pasadena, TX
United States
Color: Yellow
Size: 8.10 x 5.60
Data Source: DEA
Tested by: DEA
Lab's ID: 080600_01
The Pasadena Texas Regional Crime Laboratory recently received 1,002 round yellow tablets with a raised logo of a star with rounded-off points, suspected Ecstasy. The exhibits were seized in Pasadena (east-southeast of Houston) by the Pasadena Police (details sensitive). The tablets (total net mass 305.0 grams) were 8.1 millimeters in diameter, 5.6 millimeters thick, and were unusually solid in their construction. Analysis by ferricyanide (slow blue) and GC/MS, however, indicated not MDMA but rather a mixture of 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP), 1-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]piperazine (TFMPP), 1,4-dibenzylpiperazine, and caffeine (not quantitated but in an approximate 2 : 3.5 : 1 : 20 ratio). The piperazines were not confirmed due to lack of analytical standards. This was the first substantial submission of piperazines, and also the first submission of this logo design, to the laboratory.