They were the preferred drug for the Jordan Belfort and the boys of Wolf Of Wallstreet — now some outlaw chemists in the UK are trying to bring them back.
According to VICE News, a shipment of the necessary chemicals needed to make the addictive drug — which is most commonly taken with alcohol for a trippy effect — was seized by UK Border Agency officers in June 2012.
Enough cut to produce more the 6 tons of cocaine was also seized in 2013, the figures show.
Dr Les King, an expert in this field, said a seizure this large could possibly produce 3,000 quaalude tablets, and was probably someone “experimenting” with re-creating the drug.
Quaaludes became widely used in glam rock clubs in the UK in the late 1960’s and early ’70s, but were eventually controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act and have been all but unheard of in the UK for over 30 years. They disappeared form the United States after legal manufacture ended in the 80s.
Almost 2 tons of benzocaine was also seized. King said the local anaesthetic was “almost certainly” going to be used to cut down the cocaine, usually at a ratio of one-to-four.
The heaps of illegal chemicals seized over the last few years include those used to manufacture amphetamines, hallucinogenics like PCP, and over 5,000 ephedrine tablets — the precursor chemical for methamphetamine.
Solutions used to cut heroin were also seized.
King added “Our experience of illicit chemists in this country is that most of them are pretty incompetent. Most people who set out to make MDMA or amphetamine fail because they’re not chemists and they don’t really know what they’re doing.
“It’s not difficult if you’re a trained chemist and you know what you’re doing, but most of the people who make drugs are not chemists and they’re reading from a recipe book. I’m afraid you need a bit of background knowledge as a chemist to know what you’re doing, really.”