Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge
This appears to be ‘equipment’ from a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. It appears that the reaction is the conversion of pseudoephedrine using the red phosphorous/iodine method. The tubing, solvents, and containers are used to complete the chemical extraction and purification. Obvious items in the photo are a hot plate, muriatic acid, pseudoephedrine, Coleman fuel and other solvents, iodine, salt, a pseudoephedrine extract, a potential reaction ‘flask’ and crude ventilation apparatus.
I don’t see lye obviously present in the picture which would be necessary to perform a basic extraction on what appears to be a reaction mix (reddish material). Other than that, it appears that the necessary items are there to extract pseudoephedrine, and it appears a conversion reaction flask is present. MInus the lye, the reaction mix can then be extracted and purified using the solvents present.
To prepare the hydrochloride salt of methamphetamine, salt and muriatic acid are required. Other items required would be some sort of filter such as a coffee filter. A cleansing solvent such as acetone is preferred to remove the iodine coloration from the salted out meth. To get the final product it would also be necessary to filter and dry the final hydrochloride salt product.
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