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article imageGold dust ‘missing’ from Pfizer Lab, Missouri

By Tim Sandle     Dec 19, 2012 in Crime
Around $700,000 worth of gold dust has been reported "missing" from a Pfizer medical research lab in Missouri. It is likely that the gold dust has been stolen.
The ‘big pharma’ company Pfizer has a research facility in the town of Chesterfield, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis. It has been discovered, ABC News has reported, as part of a routine inventory check, that $700,000 worth of gold dust has gone missing.
The missing gold has been reported to the local police department and an investigation is underway.
It has been estimated that the missing gold could weigh between 30 and 70 pounds, depending on purity. The gold is used as part of new drug discovery, for fine gold particles can be used for drug delivery and nanotechnology applications. Small particles, like gold dust, are so small they can move past the body’s defense mechanisms without being destroyed by the immune system.
Although the balance of the police inquiry is that the gold has been stolen, Chesterfield Police Captain Steven Lewis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that:
“We’re not even sure if they just didn’t account for it and it was used naturally, or if it was stolen or misplaced.”
A statement issued by Pfizer, reported by the Intel Hub, runs: “We are taking this matter very seriously and working closely with local law enforcement authorities on this on-going investigation. It would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time until the police investigation has been completed.”
If the gold has been stolen it is unlikely that the gold dust will easily be sold, as jewellers tend to only buy from known dealers, and usually in very small quantities.
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