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SEWAGE MONITORING SYSTEM FOR TRACKING SYNTHETIC DRUG LABORATORIES

Objective

The threat of synthetic drugs is one of the most significant current drug problems worldwide. Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) are the second most widely used drugs. Since 1990, ATS manufacturing has been reported from more than 70 countries worldwide and the figure keeps rising. In 2008, 80 % of the amphetamine production facilities dismantled worldwide were located in Europe (UNODC, 2010) (EMCCDA, 2011). Organised Crime Groups are involved in ATS large-scale production (Europol, 2007) (EMCDDA, 2009). Since 2011, the wide availability of pre-precursors (like APAAN) significantly lowered the price of the controlled precursor BMK and caused severe environmental problems, taking the problem to a greater dimension.

The aim of this project is to design, develop and test a prototype of a system for legal recording, retrieving and monitoring operations of ATS and ATS precursor laboratories in urban areas. The sensor system will be installed within the sewage system and will track waste associated to ATS production. Criminal investigators and forensic specialists will use the system in case of:
1. initial general suspicion of ATS production in a certain area, for locating laboratories by monitoring the sewage system for long time periods;
2. strong suspicions that in a well confined area ATS is being produced, for collecting material for forensic analysis and potential use in court, and for aiding in the planning of LEA raid operations.


The μMole prototype will contain the following features: a) miniaturized system for 200mm sewage pipes, b) robust housing taking into account sewage system environment, c) minimized power consumption, d) enhanced operation time supported by energy harvesting, e) high-specificity electro-chemical sensors, f) integrated micro-tanks for sample storage, and g) secure GSM and radio communications for remote monitoring. Analysis of privacy law, data protection and social acceptance will be carried on at different stages.

Coordinator

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Address

Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa

Poland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 341 875

Participants (10)

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CENTRALNE LABORATORIUM KRYMINALISTYCZNE POLICJI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 283 511

BUNDESKRIMINALAMT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 282 250

BLUE TECHNOLOGIES SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 160 125

CAPSENZE HANDELSBOLAG

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 230 259

JGK TECH EHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 599 430,83

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 356 630

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 293 248,75

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 544 998,75

UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD

France

EU Contribution

€ 520 000

UNIVERSITAET DER BUNDESWEHR MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 380 538

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 653626

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 423 798,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 992 866,33

Coordinated by:

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Poland