Date-rape drug ingredients confiscated

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Chemicals seized by border patrol/Customs and Border Protection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Customs agents in Louisville intercepted last month almost 50 pounds of chemicals used in date-rape drugs.

The products were headed from China to Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection whose officers nabbed the shipment at the Express Consignment Center in Louisville.

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Officers seized 46.5 pounds of chemicals often referred to as ‘club drugs’ or ‘date rape drugs’.

Based on experience, CBP officers inspected a parcel and found two plastic jugs inside. Both bottles contained a clear liquid, which was tested by the officers, according to a CBP release.

The first bottle was found to contain 23.5 pounds of Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL), a DEA List I precursor chemical. The second bottle contained 22.9 pounds of 1,4-Butanediol, a precursor chemical for Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), according to the release.

“These chemicals are very dangerous,” said Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn. “Our officers see shipments like this every night, and every night they stop these dangerous products from reaching its final destination. Our officers do an outstanding job of keeping us safe.”

According to a DEA document, GBL is regulated as a List I chemical under the Controlled Substances Act. GHB is controlled in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Gamma-Butyrolactone or GBL and 1,4-butanediol or BD are structurally similar to GHB and there is a large body of evidence to confirm that GBL and BD are converted to GHB after oral administration.

According to the Border Patrol, GBL and BD have been sold and substituted for GHB in an effort to circumvent state and federal laws. If intended for human consumption, both GBL and BD may be treated as a “controlled substance analogue.”