Isotope Profiling of Drugs: A Tool to Disrupt Organised Crime, Detect Serious Crime and Reduce Volume Crime

  • Nic Daeid, Niamh (Principal Investigator)
  • Fraser, Jim (Co-investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


This project supported the development of IRMS as a supportive measure for use in the determination of synthetic route linkage between MDMA samples.

Layman's description

The determination of which clandestine route was used to illegally prepare a particular drug is of interest to law enforcement particularly in the generation of police and organised crime intelligence. This work provided a scientific basis for the inclusion of IRMS as a supportive analytical tool in this activity.

Key findings

IRMS could be used in route discrimination at a macro analytical level, that is it can distinguish between MDMA samples prepared from different synthetic methods. The technique cannot differentiate samples between batches of materials prepared from the same materials and as such cannot provide source information on its own
Effective start/end date1/02/0631/03/09


  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £95,385.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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