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Drug Smugglers Love Retail Intel Heatsinks - Drug Smugglers Love Retail Intel Heatsinks
Mon, December 18 2006 | 5:08PM | PermaLink Feedback?

In the battle against drugs, the US DEA received 8 retail Intel processor packages with heroin stuffed into the heatsink. You can't do that with a retail AMD kit. ;-)

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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