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SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory failed to properly track coc aine, amphetamines, opium and black tar heroin that undergoes forensic evidence testing and other uses, leaving personnel unable to determine if the drugs had been misused or misappropriated, according to a federal report.
Some drugs were missing, while opium and black tar heroin were found in greater amounts than lab records showed were purchased legally, the Energy Department's inspector general said in the report, released Thursday.
The inspector general's report said records showed the lab had 12 milligrams of heroin on hand. But the actual weight of the sample was 244 milligrams.
Bono said scientists at the lab believe the dramatic weight increase may have simply resulted from the drug sample absorbing moisture from the air.
In addition, inspectors found records at the lab for one bottle of coc aine hydrochloride but no references to the amount inside. There were also references to two additional shipments of coc aine hydrochloride in 2006, but it was unclear if those shipments ever arrived.