In this post I want to pull together the quantities of material necessary in order to make one kilogram of ecstacy (MDMA) - a skeleton costing where the reader is asked to supply his own prices.
|Starting Material (kg)||Product (kg)||Notes|
|Pepper (225)||Piperine (11.24)||Assuming 5 % wt piperine in pepper|
|Piperine (11.24)||Piperonal (2.66)||assuming a 45 % theoretical yield on the basis of the Erowid Chemistry|
|Piperonal (2.66)||MDMA / Ecstacy (1.0)||based on a theoretical yield of 29 % from the UN Drug Report, 2.5 p 4|
In short, you're looking at using a quarter of a tonne of pepper to obtain over a kilogram of MDMA.
This analysis doesn't include any labour or other raw materials.
It doesn't look like a commercially viable process to me. As to whether or not the Alexandra Grove crew did this feasibility study is anyones guess.
But when trying to answer the question drug factory vs bomb factory, it is a useful piece of information.