Fraser Coast Chronicle Lea Emery 1 September 2015
Matthew Leigh Cooke’s huge stash of illegally-imported medication popped onto police’s radar during a search by police “bikie” taskforce in Eli Waters.
The 42-year-old was found with 256 tablets, 136 oral gels and sachets of Kamagra, a drug which used to treat erectile dysfunction, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard on Monday. Kamagra contains the same active ingredient as Viagra, sildenafil citrate, and requires a doctor’s prescription.
Daily Telegraph Ashlee Mullany 28 August 2015
CHEMICALS from the biggest ice lab ever found in NSW leached into the catchment area that feeds into Sydney’s water supply at Warragamba Dam west of the city. Court documents reveal waste and “methamphetamine byproducts” from the lab polluted the Yerranderie Catchment area, a pristine water supply that flows into Warragamba Dam.
Chemical experts carried out testing of the soil at the Yerranderie site after noticing dead trees in the area and allegedly found traces of caustic liquids and methamphetamine leaching into groundwater.
NATA eNews Issue 159 August 2015
Since 2005 there has been a massive increase in the availability of designer drugs and the world has seen more than 300 novel psychoactive substances (NPS) added to the illicit drug market. At the National Measurement Institute (NMI) forensic scientists are using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to identify these new designer drugs. Initially the province of organic chemists, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is an ideal technique for molecular structure elucidation and has become an indispensable tool for synthetic chemists who use it to determine structure and monitor reactions.
Queensland Times Chris Owen 31 August 2015
A MOTHER of three has been caught trying to sneak illegal drugs into Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. The plan involved Hooper hiding 25 strips of buprenorphine – an opioid drug similar to heroin – in her bra when she visited her partner. Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Hooper had been found with a total of 182mg of buprenorphine – also known as Subutex.