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Drug Smugglers Love Retail Intel Heatsinks

| Posted: Dec 19, 2006 9:58 pm

First discovered over at PCStats a short time ago, some rather determined drug smugglers have come up with a new way to try and hide shipments of drugs (in this case, heroin), this by means of stuffing the powdery substance inside the heat dissipaters of retail Intel heatsinks.

 

Sneeky buggers! Thankfully it was all seized.

 



The National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences Laboratory (Bogotá, Colombia) recently received 8 commercially packaged, advanced computer processors, each containing a compressed brown powder inside its heat dissipater, suspected heroin (see Photos 3 and 4). The exhibits were en route from Colombia to Miami, Florida and were seized by Colombian National Police at the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá. Of note, the processors were fully operational and the packaging (including the boxes, not shown) appeared to be completely legitimate. Analysis of the powder (total net mass 214.4 grams) by UV, GC/FID, and GC/MS confirmed 70 percent heroin. This was the laboratory's first encounter with this smuggling technique.

 

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