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UK: Students Make 'e' To Pay Off Their Loans

Discussion in 'Marijuana News from The USA' started by weedboss, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. Pressure Of Debts Increases Temptation To Produce Drugs In University Labs

    High flying science graduates are paying off student loans by manufacturing ecstasy and other synthetic drugs for organised gangs, the Observer can reveal.

    Strict controls over the sale and importation of the ingredients needed to make ecstasy have led the gangs in charge of the multi-million pound trade to turn to chemistry students who can divert the substances from their legitimate research. According to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, financial difficulties caused by student loans have made graduates more vulnerable than ever.

    In one case, yet to come to trial, a student gained access to a university lab at weekends on the basis that he was researching a chemical reagent for testing metals. In fact he was making ecstasy.

    'He had a legitimate project that got him into the lab, and as far as everyone was concerned was making good progress,' said a fellow student. 'But on the side he actually was making ecstasy. The compounds he was using were amphetamine based and could be turned into MDMA [the active chemical in ecstasy] with just two basic reactions.' The student is believed to have been recruited by a local drugs gang, who offered him money for his expertise.

    'The structure of a modern organised crime gang is almost identical to that of a commercial organisation,' an NCIS spokesman told the Observer. 'They have a chairman figure in overall control and lower down the ranks are those in charge of areas such as marketing, distribution and research. The commodities they deal in are illegal.

    'It is no surprise to find they seek out and recruit those best able to suit their needs. If they want to manufacture counterfeit currency, they target printers. If they want to manufacture synthetic drugs, they target those with a knowledge of chemistry. Organised crime has always exploited people who are needy and vulnerable and students increasingly fall into this category.'

    It has long been an unofficial tradition for chemistry students to experiment with mood-altering substances, most commonly LSD, but the growth of the club drug industry means that, with the right contacts, such experimentation can be highly lucrative. The gangs also benefit because, by circumventing the risk and cost of importing the finished product from abroad, they greatly increase their profit margin.

    Last year Keith Bowes, a chemistry student at Leeds University, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after producing 95% pure ecstasy. The 24-year-old claimed he had been pressurised into making the products. In a letter with one batch, he boasted that it was a 'fat ass dose' and 'twice as good as anything you'll get nowadays. Please respect this stuff as it is pure. No heroically munching half a gramme because you will die'.

    Although some students have been caught in the act, police suspect others have slipped through the net because they distance themselves from the gangs they work for. In some cases, the students are paid to devise formulas which the criminals use to make the products themselves. The students are expected to come up with formulas that make use of everyday products or medicines to circumvent chemical controls.

    Others take this a step further and attempt to devise new formulas which produce ecstasy-like effects but, because they have a different chemical make-up, are not technically illegal. Last year, in a bid to crack down on this trend, the Government listed 36 ecstasy variants including 2CB, TMA and DOB under the Misuse of Drugs act. However, experts say there are at least 179 main variants and many remain technically legal.

    In addition to the availability of equipment and chemicals, making the drugs within an academic environment means that fumes and odours which might cause suspicion elsewhere can be explained.

    'We suspect some students get involved only long enough to pay off their debts,' said the NCIS spokesman. 'Others become inspired to create their own criminal enterprises.'

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