Chasing the Dragon in Berlin: Euro Bills Succumbing to Crystal Meth?
Investigators are looking into whether an impure batch of crystal methamphetamine is to be blamed for the mysteriously disintegrating euro notes. While some say no, authorities in Berlin are awaiting results "more profound."
Was this bill used to snort impure crystal meth?
But where did the sulfuric acid come from? In a recent twist, chemists are now speculating that it may have come from an impure batch of the synthetic drug crystal methamphetamine, also known as "crystal meth."
The timing would certainly fit. Whereas crystal meth has become a mainstay on the drug menu in the US, it has only recently become popular in Europe. Meaning bank notes, through which the powder is generally snorted, have been largely free from encountering the stuff.
Wenzel and his colleagues have since backed away from the explanation. A Monday press release said that "even if the bills were contaminated by sulfates, their corrosion would still be unlikely."
Berlin, though, is hooked. Criminal investigators in the German capital are still chasing the sulfuric acid dragon and are awaiting their own lab results. Marcel Kuhlmey of the Office of Criminal Investigation in Berlin says they may be "more profound" than those of their colleagues in the Rhineland.
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