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CLANDESTINE USE OF CHEMICALS IN ILLICIT DRUG OPERATIONS

Governments have adopted a strategy of chemical control as part of their overall drug control and enforcement plans.  Chemical control offers a means of attacking illicit drug production and disrupting the process before the drugs have entered the market.

Because many legitimate industrial chemicals are also necessary in the processing and synthesis of most illicitly produced drugs, preventing the diversion of these chemicals from legitimate commerce to illicit drug manufacturing is a difficult job.  Governments place restrictions on the purchase of large quantities of chemicals that can be used in the production of illicit drugs, usually requiring licences or permits to ensure that the purchaser has a legitimate need for them.

Furthermore, since so many chemicals listed as illicit drug precursors are manufactured all over the world, international co-operation combined with a comprehensive chemical control strategy is essential for chemical control policies to succeed.

The International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) is the independent and quasi-judicial control organ for the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and United Nations drug conventions.

 

List of substances frequently used in the illicit manufacture of narcotics, drugs and psychotropic substances under international control

Substance included in Table 11

Substance

HS code

CAS NUMBER

Acetic anhydride

2915.24

108-24-7

Acetone

2914.11

67-64-1

Butanone

2914.12

79.93-3HS code

Diethyl Ether

2909.11

60-297

Hydrochloric acid

2806.10

7647-01-0

Potassium permanganate

2841.61

7722-64-7

Sulphuric acid

2807.00

7664-93-4

Toluene

2902.30

108-88-3

 

 

Substances included on the Limited International Specific Surveillance List

Acetic acid

Acetonitrile

Ammonia Solution

Benzaldehyde

Calcium Oxide

Ethyl Acetate

Formamide

Formic acid

4-Methylpentan-2-one

Potassium Carbonate

Sodium Carbonate

Sodium Hydroxide

Sodium hypochlorite

O-Toluidine

 

 

The DRUGS AND DRUG TRAFFIKING ACT, 1992 (ACT 140/1992) of SOUTH AFRICA governs the sale and possession of certain chemicals and drugs.  In terms of this Act all purchasers of chemicals/drugs listed in Schedule 1 of the act are required to complete a Declaration of Intent.

ACE will supply the appropriate form for completion and return by the customer prior to any sale.

ACE is licensed in terms of the HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES ACT No 15 of 1973, as amended, that provides for the control of substances which may cause injury or ill-health to or death of human beings by reason of their toxic, corrosive, irritant, strongly sensitizing or flammable nature or the generation of pressure thereby in certain circumstances and for the control of certain electronic products;  to provide for the division of such substances or products into groups in relation to the degree of danger;  to provide for the prohibition and control of the important, manufacture, sale, use, operation, application, modification, disposal or dumping of such substances and products, and to provide for matters connected therewith.

All chemical suppliers are required in terms of this legislation to obtain from our customers a declaration of end-use before concluding any sale of substances falling under the act and will issue the necessary forms for completion.  This declaration states that the substances will not be used in circumstance involving nuclear, chemical or biological weapons productions and will only be used for civil end uses.