Items of Interest Be alert for any strange odor or unusual behavior on the part of K-9’s or responding officers. Smuggling organizations are known to use “dog repellant” and caustic / poisonous materials to protect their contraband from discovery! FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE DANGEROUS ODORS IS A SERIOUS OFFICER SAFETY FAILURE! These photos are from an October 2004, Chicago Police Department case involving 5000 pounds of marijuana sprinkled with a powder that had a chlorine odor. The seizure became a HazMat Incident and several officers had to have medical attention! The next slide has the final lab findings!
From the Chicago Police Department…December 13, 2004 BARBITURIC ACID Barbituric Acid was recently used to conceal a 2 1/2 Ton load of Cannabis one of our teams recently picked off. The cannabis was behind a false wall in a semi-tractor trailer. At first it appeared to be and had an odor of powder chlorine. Further analysis revealed it to be Barbituric Acid. It is a dry organic compound usually found as white or off-white crystalline form and was spread over the plastic containing the bundles of cannabis. Barbituric Acid can affect the central nervous system! Avoid contact and isolate the area if contact is made with any substance resembling Barbituric Acid. This compound should be treated as a Level 1 Haz Mat situation.