The times when all the LSD in the world were made by one person
Lifetime imprisonment, even two, Picard was awarded for a record on the withdrawal of money in the shadow, expressed in 90% of the global production of a substance called LSD. Synthesizing this psychotropic drug is not easy. You need expensive equipment, deep knowledge of organic chemistry, you need a secret place, finally. In 1991-2000, almost all the “acid” on the world black market was made by a respected person, a chemist “from God” William Picard.
Let's find out how it was ...
Picard himself was involved in drug research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a very successful man, graduated from school perfectly, was an intellectual. He was also a Priston scholarship holder, although he was expelled because he liked to spend more time in jazz clubs. At Purdue University received a degree.
Where Picard first synthesized the drug, now remains a mystery, and in 1988 he was caught cooking Lsd, which was produced in the basement of an architectural store in Mountain View. The FBI discovered there are two hundred thousand doses of LSD-25. Then Picard received a 5-year imprisonment.After his release from prison, Picard continued to work on the manufacture of the drug.
In 1994, he was already at the Harvard Institute of State. control it. John F. Kennedy. And there he studied the problem of drug abuse in the former USSR and even managed to visit the Soviet Union, where he studied pharmacology. According to him, the black market flourished there, which was supported by crowds of unemployed chemists.
Picard was familiar with rock stars, had a friendship with members of the British House of Lords, and even was listed as a friend of the San Francisco district attorney.
The substance of LSD, William was treated as a saint, and the synthesis of a chemist began with a prayer. Well, it was completed, of course, tasting. And here's what happened. Respecting the psychedelic experience, Picard began to passionately strive for the quality of the product, which "together" with him were used by thousands of fans of the forbidden in different countries. The high-quality goods are quite aggressive, but somehow by themselves, they threw out handicraftsmen and other evil spirits from the market.
One day Picard contacted a wealthy marijuana and peyote merchant named Gordon Todd Skinner. He was a talented mathematician and, as usual, an eccentric.The legend says that the acid cook bought the old missile mine in Kansas for the money and for Skinner’s pleasure. There was also a marble heated pool.
The goal of Picard was to create a utopia for hippies and all other fans of LSD. He wanted to get to Kansas, those who annually rage at the festival "Burning Man". All this public in his post apocalypse Picard would personally supply the hallucinogen. In addition, Picard and Skinner spent money on scientific experiments with psychedelics conducted by Harvard scientists.
Personally, Skinner loved to experiment with friends, letting them try research "designer" drugs. The dealer called such friends insects.
Everything was almost ready for the production of LSD in the atomic mine when Skinner ran out of money. He was arrested in a casino, where he otbrykalsya under the guise of an Interpol agent. In January 2003, Skinner appeared before the court, to which, in particular, he told that during his whole life he had consumed 163 different mentally active substances in one form or another.William Picard and our assistant had to evacuate the laboratory from the missile mine. At this time, FBI agents received a search warrant for their cars. In one of which, equipment and ergotamine tartrate were found, from which it was possible to manufacture 15 million doses of LSD. As it turned out, in the best years, Picard and his colleagues earned about $ 3 million a month from trading in their illegal product. Especially large, so to speak, sizes.
So overnight, the American FBI created a panic in the global shadow market for LSD, against the backdrop of which the design psychotropic industry flourished and it turned out that the world of the drug business would never again dream of a “utopia for hippies”.
Picardcaught by the way not immediately, for about 24 hours he was hiding in the forest, having run there when trying to detain him at one of the road posts. Picard received two life terms, his accomplice Epperson - 30 years. Skinner was arrested in 2003, although in another case, he managed to leave the Lsd production case, as he actively cooperated with federal agents.
Thus ended the story of a man who synthesized LSD for acid parties around the world.