So, here's the DEA 'unofficial' watched chems list:
Acetaldehyde, Acetamide, Acetaminophen, N-Acetyl Anthranillic Acid, Alumina (activated), Aluminum Chloride, Aluminum Oxide, Aluminum Powder, Ammonium Formate, Ammonium Nitrate, Aniline, pAnisaldehyde, Arsenic Metal, Arsenic Pentoxide, Arsenic Trichloride, Arsenic Trioxide, Benzene, Benzocaine, Biotin, Boron Trifluoride, Bromine, Bromobenzene, Brucine Sulphate, Butylamine gammaButyrolactone, Caffeine, Calcium Metal, Calcium Carbide, Calcium Hydride, Carbon Disulfide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroacetone, Chloroform, 2-Chloropyridine, Chromium Picolinate, Citral, Cyclohexanone, Dichloroacetic Acid, Diethyl Malonate, Diethylamine, Digitonin, Digitoxin, Dihydroxyacetone, Dimethyl Sulfate, Dimethyl Sulfoxide, Dinitrochlorobenzene, Diphenylacetonitrile, Epinephrine, Epinephrine Bitartate, Estradiol, Estriol, Estrone, Ethinyl Estradiol, Ethylacetoacetate, Ethyl Alcohol (190-200 proof), Ethyl Magnesium Bromide, Ethylenediamine, Folic Acid, Formamide, Formic Acid, Freon, Gallic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Guaifenesin, Hexachlorophene, Hexyl Resorcinol, Hydrazine, Hydrazine Dihydrochloride, Hydrazine Hydrate, Hydrazine Sulfate, Hydrobromic Acid, Hydrochloric Acid (ups, nf, fcc grades), Hydrocortisone, Hydrofluoric Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide 30% & 50%, Hyoscyamine, Ibuprofen, Indole, Inositol, Iron Filings, Ketoglutaric Acid, Lactose, Lead Acetate, Lidocaine, Lithium Metal, 3,5-Diiodosalithium, Lithium Acetate, Lithium Aluminum Hydride, Lithium Bromide, Lithium Carbonate, Lithium Chloride, Lithium Chromate, Lithium Citrate, Lithium Cobalt, Lithium Dodecyl Sulfate, Lithium Fluoride, Lithium Hydroxide, Lithium Lactate, Lithium Metaborate, Lithium Nitrate, Lithium Oxalate, Lithium Perchlorate, Lithium Sulfate, Lithium Tetraborate, Lycopodium, Magnesium Metal, Magnesium Turnings, Mannitol, Megestrol Acetate, Mercuric Acetate, Mercuric Bromide, Mercuric Chloride, Mercuric Cyanide, Mercuric Iodide, Mercuric Nitrate, Mercuric Oxide, Mercuric Oxycyanide, Mercuric Sulfate, Mercuric Sulfide, Mercuric Thiocyanate, Mercurous Chloride, Mercurous Nitrate, Mercurous Sulfate, Mercury Bichloride, Methylformamide, Methylprednisolone, Methylpropylarrune, Methylsulfoxide, Methyltestosterone, Miconazole Nitrate, Naproxen Sodium, Niacin, Niacinamide Ascorbate, Nicotinamide, Nifedipme, Nitrofuranation, Nitromethane, Nystatin, Oxalyl Chloride, Palladium Black, Palladium Metal (powder), Palladium on Alumina, Palladium on Charcoal, Papaverine HCl, Peracetic Acid, Perchloric Acid, Petroleum Ether, Phenacetin, Phenol, Phenyl Magnesium Bromide, Phenyl Magnesium Chloride, Phenylalanine, Phenyl Mercuric Acetate, Phenyl Mercuric Borate, Phenyl Mercuric Chloride, Phenyl Mercuric Nitrate, Phenyl Mercuric Salicylate, Phosphorus Oxychloride, Phosphorus Pentachloride, Physostigmine, Phytonadione, Picric Acid, Pilocarpine, Potassium Chlorate, Potassium Cyanide, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Perchlorate, Potassium Permanganate, Proxamine Hydrochloride, Prednisolone, Prednisone, Pregnenolone, Prilocaine, Procaine, Progesterone, Promethazine Hydrochloride, Propenylbenzene, Propionic Anhydride, Propranolol, Pyridine, Pyridoxal, Pyridoxine, Quinine, Raney Nickle, Reserpine, Riboflavin, Salicylic Acid, Scopolamine, Selenous Acid, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Azide, Sodium Borohydride, Sodium Chlorate, Sodium Chlorite, Sodium Cyanide, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Iodide, Sodium Metal, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Perchlorate, Sodium Peroxide, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Sulfathiazole, Strychnine, Styrene, Sulfanilamide, Sulfathiazole, Sulfur Trioxide, Theophylline, Thionyl Chloride, TitaniumTetrachloride, p-Toluenesulfonic Acid, o-Toluidine, Trichloroacetic Acid, Trichlorotrifluoroethane, Trifluoroacetic Anhydride, 3,4,5-Trimethoxy Compounds (Any!), Tryptophan, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin E, Vitamin E Acetate.
DEA Watched Lists of Chemicals
* INDEX Watched Chemicals List from Psychedelic Chemistry
* alt.drugs Commentary on Watched Chemicals
* 1992 Sigma Catalog - List of Controlled Substances Schedule I-V
* 1992 Sigma Catalog - Other DEA Controlled Substances
* 1992 Sigma Catalog - Chemicals not Controlled by the DEA
From : Psychedelic Chemistry
By : Michael Valentine Smith
Compiled by : Richard C. Hall III
Date : 1991
HTML'd by : Erowid
Entered by : Lamont Granquist
Many of these chemicals are suspicious only if ordered by individuals, in large or in repeated orders. Others are suspect under any conditions.
Acetone Dicarboxylic Acid
Aluminum Foil (?)
Benzyl Methyl Ketone
Beta Keto Clutaric Acid
Dimethyl Beta Keto Glutaric Acid
Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)
Lithium Aluminum Hydride
Magnesium Metal (esp. Turnings)
3,4-Methylenedioxy compounds (any)
Phenyl Magensium Bromide
Piperonyl & related compounds
p-Toluene Sulfonic Acid
Also, in the front of the book there appears this note:
Orders for certain chemicals used to make psychedelics (especially large orders in suspect areas) are sometimes checked by narcs. Indole, lithium aluminum hydride, trimethoxybenzaldehyde, phenyl-2-propanol, diethylamine, olivetol and ergotamine are among those watched. The vast majority of the homologs and analogs described here are, however, legal to manufacture and use.
[not sure if this last statement is accurate after the Designer Drug laws] For lists of proscribed drugs, see the Code of Federal Regulations 21: part 300 to end, the U.S. Pharmacoepoeia 19:690 or write to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dept of Justice, 1405 1st St. N.W., Washington D.C. 20537. There are also state laws to contend with. A current list of DEA watched chemicals appears in the back of this book.
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1993 15:36:02 EDT
Subject: Re: DEA watched list of chemicals
Its more difficult than that. The DEA has three tiers of observation when it comes to chemicals. First tier is the actual illegal drugs, which can be bought from chemical supply companies (for biochem and chem research). These are watched very carefully, with the research groups being subjected to rigourous security checks, and all material has to be accounted for. Second tier is chemicals that are direct precursors to illegal chemicals, or combinations of chemicals that can be used to manufacture illegal chemicals. These are watched closely, and will merit detailed survelliance if not ordered by reputable research groups or companies. The third tier are all other chemicals not commonly found in public. The DEA watches all individuals that order chemicals very closely, so expect to be questioned and required to account for what you ordered, legally. Many chemical supply companies will not ship chemicals to individuals.
Even creating a front company works only some of the time, if the chemicals you order are not obviously usfull for drug (or explosives) manufacture. Often illegal labs use three or more front companies to avoid detection (and a large number get busted anyway).
To answer your question: which chemicals are DEA watched? All of them!
Phred PSmIth, Galactic Gadabout
Subject: [anonymous] Controlled Substances
Date: 30 Sep 92 20:40:24 GMT
Well, here's the complete list of controlled substances as contained in the 1992 Sigma catalog.
In general, 'a' means 'alpha', 'B' means capital 'beta', and 'd' means 'delta', while 'delta' means capital 'delta'. 'D' and 'L' mean 'dextro' and 'levo'. Read the list and you'll know what I mean.
I haven't checked this against any other lists of controlled or watched chemicals, and I can't guarantee that this is a complete list or a completely accurate one. However, there has been discussion along this line in alt.drugs and I thought I would offer this as a start at least.
From 1992 Sigma Chemical Company catalog,
pages 1628 & 1629:
DEA CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES CLASSES I-IV
III Allylcyclopentenylbarbituric Acid
II Alphaprodine HCl
II Amobarbital Sodium
II L-Amphetamine Free Base
II D-Amphetamine Sulfate
II DL-Amphetamine Sulfate
II D-Amphetamine-d3 Sulfate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol 3-Acetate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol 3-Acetate 17-Benzoate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol 17-Benzoate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol Diacetate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol Dipropionate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol 3-Sulfate
III 5-Androstene-3B,17B-diol 17-Sulfate
IV Barbital Sodium
II Benzoylecgonine Hydrate
III Benzphetamine HCl
I Bufotenine Monooxalate
IV Chloral Hydrate
IV Chlordiazepoxide HCl
III 4-Chlorotestosterone Acetate
IV Clorazepate Dipotassium
II Cocaine Free Base
II Cocaine HCl
II Cocaine-d3 HCl
III 1-Dehydrotestosterone Acetate
III 1-Dehydrotestosterone Benzoate
III 1-Dehydrotestosterone Undecylenate
II (-)-Deoxyephedrine HCl
II (+-)-Deoxyephedrine HCl
II (+-)-Deoxyephedrine-d5 HCl
III 5,5-Diallylbarbituric Acid
IV Diethylpropion HCl
I (+-)-2,5-Dimethoxy-4-bromo-amphetamine HBr
I (+-)-2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methyl-amphetamine HCl
II Diphenoxylate HCl
II Ecgonine HCl
II Ecgonine-d3 HCl
II Ecgonine Methyl Ester HCl
II Ecgonine Methyl Ester-d3 HCl
IV Fenfluramine HCl
IV Fenproporex HCl
II Fentanyl Citrate
II Fentanyl-d5 Citrate
IV Flurazepam Dihydrochloride
II Hydrocodone Bitartrate
II Hydromorphone HCl
I Ibogaine HCl
II Levorphanol Tartrate
III D-Lysergic Acid
II Meperidine HCl
I Mescaline Hemisulfate
I Mescaline HCl
I Mescaline Sulfate
II (+)-Methadone HCl
II Methadone-d3 HCl
II (+)-Methamphetamine HCl
I Methaqualone Free Base
I Methaqualone HCl
I p-Methoxyamphetamine HCl
III 17a-Methyl-5-androstene-3B,17B-diol Dipropionate
I (+-)-3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine HCl
I (+-)-3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine HCl
II Methylphenidate HCl
II Morphine Sulfate
II Morphine-d3 HCl
III Nalorphine HCl
II Norcodeine HCl
I Normorphine HCl
I 11-Nor-delta8-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic Acid
I 11-Nor-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic Acid
III 19-Nortestosterone Decanoate
III 19-Nortestosterone Glucuronide
III 19-Nortestosterone Phenylpropionate
III 19-Nortestosterone Propionate
II Opium Powder
II Oxycodone HCl
IV Pentazocine Free Base
IV Pentazocine HCl
II Pentabarbital Sodium
II Phencyclidine HCl
II Phencyclidine-d5 HCl
III Phendimetrazine Bitartrate
IV Phenobarbital Sodium
IV Phentermine HCl
II d-Propoxyphene HCl
II Secobarbital Sodium
III Testosterone Acetate
III Testosterone Benzoate
III Testosterone Cypionate
III Testosterone Enanthate
III Testosterone Glucuronide
III Testosterone Glucuronide Potassium
III Testosterone Glucuronide Sodium
III Testosterone Hemisuccinate
III Testosterone Phenylpropionate
III Testosterone Propionate
II Thebaine Alkaloid Powder
III Thiamylal Sodium
III (+-)-Thiopental Sodium
II Tropacocaine HCl
OTHER DEA CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Not classified, but reporting required by the DEA. When ordering any of these items, please provide your written purchase order, your acceptance of the administrative fee, the intended ultimate use, and the signature of the end user.
SUBSTANCES NOT CONTROLLED BY THE DEA
These items are available without DEA license. Telephone and telegraph orders are accepted. There is no administrative fee for handling these items. They may be exported, provided the country of destination does not control their importation, possession, or use.
Pseudonarcotic Cocaine Formulation
Pseudonarcotic Heroin Formulation
Here is the European law applying to chemical suppliers (note that the same thing is also true for the DEA which is also watching chemical suppliers in the same way)
Operators (companies) working with chemicals are legally required to:
-to name responsible persons for the company
-TO KEEP ARCHIVES and documentation about their transaction/orders (meaning they would keep archives where there is your name and adress and the detailed content of the orders you have been placing)
- to proceed to adequate products labelling
-to get a liscence for 'sensible' chemicals and register their professional premises
-TO COOPERATE WITH GOVERNMENTAL AUTORITIES BY REPORTING ANY SUSPICIOUS ORDERS/CLIENTS.
-to deliver (to the government) autorisations and pre-notification for export to some destinations
-to deliver autorisations (to the government) for importation of first category precursors
-to submit to controls of chemical circulation over the european territories
-TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE COOPERATION WITH OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES (meaning that they can possibly tally suppliers archives from different countries if they wanna check if someone have been placing orders in many different companies all located in different countries)
Chemicals traders are legally obligated to submit to these dispositions by the european laws.
Indications (such as criterias of suspicion and practical mesures in case of suspicious order) are communicated to all chemical companies SO THEY CAN IDENTIFY AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS TRANSACTIONS, WHETHER THE CHEMICALS INVOLVED IN SUCH A TRANSACTION ARE LISTED ON THE WATCHED CHEMS LIST OR NOT
Important things to know:
-the probability of a suspicious operation generally results of a COMBINATION OF SEVERAL CRITERIAS OF SUSPICION (listed above)
-these criterias apply to both suspicious orders AND suspicious information request/questions from a client (such as "will your solvant evaporate without leaving any residue?" lool)
-of course, these citerias also apply to orders and information request involving chemicals that one might extract classified substances from (so I guess this does apply to essential oils which quite a few watched precursors can be extracted from)
-these criterias also apply to LAB WARE. Such as laboratory glass ware, devices for pressing/stamping pills and tablets, and products such as 'charge agents' (I think that is to say empty gellcaps and so) that can be used for drugs manufacture.
Now, here comes the list of criterias of suspicion that is given to chemical trader so they can identify and report suspicious orders and suspicious client information (of course these criterias apply to both small units and industrial quantities matters):
-new client, unknown to professionals of this sector of activity, client with insufficient technical knowledge (quite notably if lack of chemistry knowledge)
-client introducing themselves with no contacts or prior recommendations
-client in person and client's representant coming in person.
-client with no buisness sense, for instance a client that don't manifest any interest in negociating prices for big orders.
-client sound reticent about giving a phone number or adress (or refuse to do so)
-client sound reticent about placing an order in writting (or refuse to do so).
-client does not use headed writting paper
-orders coming from companies that were unknown till now, or companies that are difficult to find through professional directories
-client that isn't from a professional organisation
-oders coming from companies that cannot give normal commercial references
-delivery adress, billing adress, or adress the order was placed from is a private domicile, or adress corresponding to at simple PO box number, or any unusual place.
-orders placed at regular intervals
-client paying (or wants to pay) in cash, postal order, or certified cheque (check)
-payment procedure that isn't conform to usual practices that are currently used in the part of the world the order was placed from or from the part of the world the negociated products come from (for instance cash order for big quantities, use of different currencies..)
-propositions aiming at paying an abnormally high price for a peculiar product or for fast delivery.
-orders coming from well-known universities or companies, placed through usual terms, but which delivery must be done to a person which name is specified, or to a different adress, or if the order was placed by an unknown person.
-the mentionned final addressee for the products is a transit or an unusual negociant/distributor.
-request for the order to be delivered to a third party which activities or situation has no connection with supposed activities of the final user (meaning to a third party which activities does not link to the supposed use of the ordered products)
-misappropriation/defacement of internal documents (from a company) or falsification of official documents
-Internet use (well, it seems like they understood how we were doing, erf!)
-removal of the products is made with a private vehicle or with the own wehicle of the buyer
-client ask for the products to be packaged in small individual lots (batches) despite the order was supposedly destined for indutrial use.
-client asks for unusual packaging such as non-commercial packaging, non labelled packages, or packaging in unusual containers.
-client ask for aerial delivery with no justification, no reason for it.
-suspicious or complicated transportation itinerary (for instance with obvious detour), or unjustified transshipment.
-orders for chemicals which delivery/transportation/shipment costs are higher than the product price itself.
4)Use of chemicals
-order for a quantity that is unusual/abnormal considering the announced use for these products (by the buyer)
-exportation to countries that do not have transformation capacities of chemicals justifying importation of the ordered products
-the possible uses of ordered products doesn't fit the announced use (from the buyer)
-the use announced by the buyer isn't credible or buyer can't tell it
-products are ordered by companies that do not have any obvious use of such products.
-orders involve combinations of chemicals (assortments, kits) that can be used together for making drugs (for instance several chemicals that are involved in mdma production or chemicals involved in drug making in association with pills/tablet pressing devices...)
-orders of a few classified chemicals (that would include precursors for drug synthesis) among a long list of non classified chemicals (that sound innocuous)
-order for non classified substances that are however listed on watching lists.
5)Nomination of a responsible person
Chemical traders/operators have to nominate a responsible person for their company. This person is legally required to:
-register adresses of their premises (to government authorities) and actualize the info if any change is made if their company is involved in classified chemicals buiseness.
-provide documents to authorities prior to any exportation of classified substances (as long as this is an obligatory formality for the considered substances).
-take necessary precautions so classified substances they trade cannot be hijacked/misappropriated for illicit drug production
-AND TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY AUTHORITIES ANY ELEMENTS ABOUT CLASSIFIED OR NON CLASSIFIED SUBSTANCES THAT SEEM TO SUGGEST THAT THESE SUBSTANCES ARE BEEING USED FOR ILLICIT DRUG USE (in other words, they have to report any suspicous orders/inquiries, precising the criterias that make them think it is a suspicious operation, and giving all the suspicious involved client info to the authorities of course)
So, it seems that the biggest concern isn't actually ordering watched chems (unless these are closely watched ones which would immediatly get you busted), the main concern is "not to sound suspicious" to the supplier (which can be problematic as some suppliers can be quite inquisitive, and asking for lots of info about who you are and what you do).
Of course, one should not buy anything but non-watched or loosely watched chems. Never buy closely watched ones (such as lysergic acid for instance) as such chems are highly unlikely to be used for anything but drug manufacture, and therefore there's no way to buy these without sounding suspicious to the supplier (that will immediatly report to the authorities).
I think that ideally, a good supplier would be a supplier which order form would only need to be filled in with the following info: "wanted products", "delivery adress", "delivery method" and "billing adress", unfortunately, not many of them are gonna ask for so little info, usually they will at least ask you about your profession/business activity...here a solution to the problem could be that an acquaintance/relative of yours, which profession somewhat fits the need of the ordered compounds, would place the order, proceed to payment and give his adress for billing/delivery (and if he works for oneself, then that's even better as he will be able to give his professional adress rather than home, which he couldn't do if he works for a company/group).
Some info I got online about ordering chems not my work