Inside of a Cocaine Lab – San Agustín, Colombia

  • Making cocaine in San Agustín, Colombia
    Coco leaves and transformation ingredients.
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    Separating the leaves from the stems.
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    Chopping up a coco leaf salad.
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    Just add a pinch of cement mixture....
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    And a dash of potassium phosphate to the cup of car battery acid. Then add a little sulfuric acid and top it off with a bit more cement....
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    Now the car battery acid is ready to be added to the leaves.
  • Making cocaine in San Agustín, Colombia
    Mashing the liquid into the leaves with a rock.
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    And then finish it off with 240 mls of gasoline.
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    Straining the mash through an old t-shirt.
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    Taking the strained liquid and move init to a plastic bag.
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    The layer of separation in the middle is pure cocaine.
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    Draining the bag in segments to catch the middle section.
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    Heating baking powder on a stove.
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    Baking powder, heated as much as possible through the burner.
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    One last stir to mix everything in the cup together.
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    The chemical reaction taking place as the hot baking powder evaporates the excess part of the liquid.
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    Heating the product into a paste to burn off the remaining liquid.
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    Scraping the unwanted excess from the top.
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    The remaining dried paste.
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    Cocaine paste broken up into chips.
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    Pure cocaine, mashed into its natural mother of pearl colored powder.
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    The powder, held under a regular kitchen light for exactly 3 minutes.
  • Making cocaine in San Agustín, Colombia
    From leaves on the vine to processed finished product in an hour. Crazy...

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