Study: Ninety Percent of U.S. Bills Have Traces of Cocaine

180px-United_States_one_dollar_bill,_obverse180px-CocaineHydrochloridePowderA study by Yuegang Zuo, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has made a surprising discovery: ninety percent of U.S. bills tested by this laboratory had traces of cocaine on it.

One of the culprits is the cash machine, which tends to spread contamination to other bills.

What is really fascinating is that the figure goes up to 100% in these cities: Detroit, Michigan; Boston, Massachusetts; Orlando, Florida; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California. Even in Salt Lake City, Utah, the percentage is 77 percent.

The lowest rates were found in Tokyo and Beijing at 20 percent and Zhuzhou, China (with zero contamination).

One dollar bills were the least likely to be contaminated.

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10 thoughts on “Study: Ninety Percent of U.S. Bills Have Traces of Cocaine”

  1. “One of the culprits is the cash machine” … that could be tested by finding out if the cities with lower contamination rates are cities with fewer cash machines?

  2. I am going to ask a stupid question.If this is true wouldn’t this be “CATNIP”for drug sniffing dogs?Their handlers should be going crazy trying to control them,at their places where they are kept.

    Let alone being on the job,the dogs that is.

  3. Jericho,

    Yes, Bush did use most of that money. It’s great to be able to wage wars and expand a global empire without having to collect any taxes. Bush was also able to pump many connected corporations full of cash in the process. And the Incumbent Party wins victory after victory with stuffed campaign war chests, so to speak.

    The Federal Reserve prints all this money and is now lending directly to the US Treasury so that the government can borrow as much as it wants until the dollar collapses. No reason for the wars to end. No reason for corporatism to end. No reason to slow government expansion so our children and grandchildren might avoid lives as debt slaves. No reason to end the cycle of entitlements that build trillions more in new debt on top of ponzi schemes.

  4. Vince Treacy,

    I did have a client that was charged with possession of cocaine. Apparently he needed or wanted to become a manufactures representative and/or chemical engineer to supplement his income from his usual income from imports from Mexico.

    When they searched his home, they could find nothing but seeds, testing equipment, weights and measures and a few measly Federal Reserve Notes and Armaments.

    He eventually was charged with 356 counts of Manufacturing Marijuana (seeds), Possession of cocaine (residue in the screens), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (pipes, screens, weights, clips, papers, pipes, etc), Money Laundering and Possession of Firearms in a drug house.

    He eventually pled to Use of Cocaine and had to forfeit his other enterprising equipment. He did want the gun back as it had been his fathers but he was already serving time for trafficking in cocaine.

  5. Be a little wary of the news articles. Tracing this on the web, it seems that there no reference yet to a peer-reviewed journal article. The results were presented Sunday at the meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. The Society’s news release seems to be the main source for nearly 250 news items out there on the web. There is nothing in the release about methodology.

    [quote] New study: Up to 90 percent of U.S. paper money contains traces of cocaine

    EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Sunday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Eastern Time

    You probably have cocaine in your wallet, purse, or pocket. Sound unlikely or outrageous?

    Think again! In what researchers describe as the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of cocaine contamination in banknotes, scientists are reporting that cocaine is present in up to 90 percent of paper money in the United States, particularly in large cities such as Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit. The scientists found traces of cocaine in 95 percent of the banknotes analyzed from Washington, D.C., alone.

    Presented here today at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the new study suggests that cocaine abuse is still widespread and may be on the rise in some areas. It could help raise public awareness about cocaine use and lead to greater emphasis on curbing its abuse, the researchers say.

    The scientists tested banknotes from more than 30 cities in five countries, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, China, and Japan, and found “alarming” evidence of cocaine use in many areas. The U.S. and Canada had the highest levels, with an average contamination rate of between 85 and 90 percent, while China and Japan had the lowest, between 12 and 20 percent contamination.

    The study is the first report about cocaine contamination in Chinese and Japanese currencies, they say.

    “To my surprise, we’re finding more and more cocaine in banknotes,” said study leader Yuegang Zuo, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Zuo says that the high percentage of contaminated U.S. currency observed in the current study represents nearly a 20 percent jump in comparison to a similar study he conducted two years ago. That earlier study indicated that 67 percent of bills in the U.S. contained traces of cocaine. [unquote]

  6. Well heck I would not use a Dollar Bill to do blow. You don’t know how many other people have sued that one. The Germs that could be spread.

    So what is the percentage of currency that comes from the US mints that has cocaine on them? That would be where I would look first. Did Ft Worth come even close?

    So what do you do when it comes to people in possession of currency that has cocaine on it. Really Ass Wipe LEO would still charge them with possession.

  7. The drugs are real but the money is fake.

    Which will better keep its purchasing power over the next 10 years? An ounce of $100 bills, or an ounce of cocaine?

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