Qualitative Analysis of Illicit Heroin via Visual Examination for Forensic Intelligence
- *Corresponding Author:
- Kar-Weng Chan
Department of Chemistry
Ministry of Science
Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
Jalan Sultan, 46661 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 09, 2012; Accepted date: June 19, 2012; Published date: June 21, 2012
Citation: Chan KW, Tan GH, Wong RCS (2012) Qualitative Analysis of Illicit Heroin via Visual Examination for Forensic Intelligence. J Forensic Res 3:159. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000159
Copyright: © 2012 Chan KW, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The qualitative information derived from the physical characteristics associated with heroin seizures has never been given emphasis. This study seeks to make use of the qualitative data for forensic intelligence purposes. A photographic setup is introduced for preserving the original conditions of the samples. The technique was found to be simple and inexpensive; it is also useful for general heroin profiling. The textures of the heroin substances, wrapping styles observed from the drug packages and the sealing on the package were documented. Upon analyzing 311 heroin cases, it was found that most cases contained coarse structures of heroin which were packed in packages bearing one packer’s seal with rectangular seal-marks. Possible interpretations for the observed variables are also given in this paper.