A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders

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A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders. / Reitzel, Lotte Ask; Holm, Niels Bjerre; Linnet, Kristian; Müller, Irene Breum.

In: Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science, Vol. 22, No. 1, 06.2016, p. 6-10.

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Reitzel, LA, Holm, NB, Linnet, K & Müller, IB 2016, 'A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders', Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 6-10. https://doi.org/10.1515/sjfs-2016-0001

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Reitzel, L. A., Holm, N. B., Linnet, K., & Müller, I. B. (2016). A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders. Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science, 22(1), 6-10. https://doi.org/10.1515/sjfs-2016-0001

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Reitzel LA, Holm NB, Linnet K, Müller IB. A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders. Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science. 2016 Jun;22(1):6-10. https://doi.org/10.1515/sjfs-2016-0001

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Reitzel, Lotte Ask ; Holm, Niels Bjerre ; Linnet, Kristian ; Müller, Irene Breum. / A case story, involving the use of maltitol, a sugar alcohol, as a cutting agent in amphetamine and cocaine powders. In: Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science. 2016 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 6-10.

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abstract = "In a criminal case involving cutting and resale of amphetamine and cocaine in the Copenhagen area of Denmark, maltitol was used as a cutting agent. The analysis of maltitol in seizures of pure diluents as well as in amphetamine and cocaine powders was carried out using reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with high-resolution (HR) mass spectrometric detection. Maltitol was identified in four out of nine amphetamine samples and in five out of six cocaine samples from the case in question. The use of maltitol as a cutting agent was considered by the police as a specific marker of the particular criminal group under investigation. To support or reject this hypothesis, cocaine and amphetamine samples from a four month period after the involved persons had been arrested were evaluated, also as part of the police investigation. None of these samples contained maltitol. The work described covers the part of the case involving the department of forensic chemistry, and not the whole police investigation, but everything was done within the frames given by the police. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a disaccharide polyol being used as a cutting agent for illicit drugs.",
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