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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

How Cocaine Is Made



This is pretty fascinating. It's sort of gross how unsanitary the process is (is that a snot rag they're using as a filter?), but then again this is only half the process. A lot more chemical reactions happen that result in pure cocaine minus the Colombian foot grease, etc.

But I was surprised by how a whole room full of coca leaves produces a little ball of crack goo the size of an apple (which is then further refines to produced market-ready cocaine the size of, I'm guessing, a crabapple. The plants must not have very much of the alkaloid in them.

Plus the conditions of the workers is disturbing. Notice the guy's big smile at the end when he describes what his employers do if they catch any of the workers sampling the product.

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