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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homemade drug labs fuel dangerous craze

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 12, 2011 - 4:29 PM
Synthetic drug makers are working like modern-day moonshiners to cash in on the booming market.


FAIRDEALING, MO. -- Inside a backwoods mobile home, Rodger Seratt pulled a handwritten recipe from the front pocket of his jeans and went to work on a new batch of bath salts.
Wearing no gloves, the burly 61-year-old dipped a kitchen spoon into one bag of white powder after another, weighed the ingredients on a plastic scale, then dumped them into a metal mixing bowl. He was making 80 grams of what he called "White Tusk." A woman in the rusting trailer kept busy tracking orders. Two other workers labeled bags and jars.
Seratt has no background in chemistry. All he knows is what he's learned on the Internet -- and that's all the expertise he needed to make $2,400 worth of the drug in a half hour.
Star Tribune

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