Sept. 6, 2022 – Dasgupta says the DEA’s framing “was so divorced from any reality of what drug markets are actually like, it was almost laughable that our country’s top drug enforcement folks are so out of touch.” Samples are mailed to Dasgupta from across the country, which he and his team run through a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer. The spectrometer identifies the exact chemical structure of whatever is in someone’s drugs. It can tell if the MDMA someone was sold actually contains methamphetamine or whether pills sold as prescription opioids are actually illicit fentanyl. 

Regarding the dyed fentanyl pills, Dasgupta says the DEA is “late to the party.”


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