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Customs agents at LAX seize chemical used for 'date rape' drug

Customs agents at LAX discovered nearly three gallons of a chemical used to make the 'date rape' drug.
August 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Los Angeles International Airport discovered nearly three gallons of a chemical used to make the "date rape" drug.

A plastic jug containing Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL), a strong intoxicant used as a precursor of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), was found in a container arriving from China.

Smugglers tried to disguise it with a bogus label. The estimated street value of the seizure is $1,414, officials said.

GHB is a central nervous system depressant that can render a victim incapable of resisting sexual advances.

Under certain doses, it can make a person pass out or even die.


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