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'Antique Heroin' Unearthed at National Archive

Antique dope stash surprise discovery at British National Archive.

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Photo of heroin discovery, now on display
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By Luke Walker

12/20/11

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Scientists at Britain's National Archive were shocked when they opened a sealed package and discovered a gram of heroin that had survived almost 84 years in storage. According to the BBC, the package was part of a shipment of documents transported to England from Egypt's British consulate in 1928. when they discovered the 19 antique paper pouches full of brown-white powder, the Archives handed the dope-filled stash to London's Metropolitan Police, which is investigating its provenance. The museum kept a photo of the booty, which is now on public display.

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