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|Molar mass||293.363 g·mol−1|
|3D model (JSmol)|
N-t-BOC-MDMA is a chemical compound which can be both a synthetic precursor to, or a prodrug of the empathogenic drug MDMA. It was first identified in Australia in 2015 as a seizure by customs, and has subsequently been found in China, the Netherlands and other European countries. Originally it was thought to be intended as a non-illegal form of MDMA which could be easily converted into the prohibited final product after importation, however one seizure by police found N-t-BOC-MDMA in the process of being pressed into pills, and experiments with simulated gastric fluid confirmed that it can be broken down to MDMA by human stomach acid. Similar N-protected compounds such as N-t-BOC-methamphetamine, N-p-tosyl-methamphetamine, N-t-BOC-ketamine, N-t-BOC-norketamine and N-methoxycarbonyl-MDA have also been encountered by law enforcement.
N-t-BOC-MDMA has been specifically listed as an illicit drug in Singapore and South Korea, but is also controlled by general drug analogue provisions in Australia and various European countries.