Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 71, Issue 5, pp 513–518 | Cite as

A study on the isotope composition of carbon 13C in poppy seeds and narcotic poppy straw present in the same package aimed at the revelation of the possible artificial superinducements of a narcotic substance

  • S. V. Syromyatnikov
  • I. I. Sarychev
  • D. N. KedysEmail author
  • V. S. Fainberg


The rise in crime associated with the illicit trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances is one of the most severe problems in Russia today. In recent years, cases of using seeds of poppy plant “masked as food,” the bulk of which contains macroparticles of poppy straw visible to an unaided eye and which can be used as raw materials for the preparation of narcotic substances have become more frequent. In his work, using a Delta V Advantage isotopic mass spectrometer, we proposed criteria based on which tone can reveal artificial superinducements of poppy straw into “food” poppy seeds or their absence.


poppy seeds poppy straw narcotics isotope ratio mass spectrometry carbon isotopes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. V. Syromyatnikov
    • 1
  • I. I. Sarychev
    • 1
  • D. N. Kedys
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. S. Fainberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian FederationMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Thermo ScientificMoscowRussia

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