"Date Rape" Drug Seized at LAX | NBC Southern California

"Date Rape" Drug Seized at LAX

Estimated Street Value is over $1,400

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    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011)

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an air cargo consignment facility of Los Angeles International Airport seized three gallons of Gamma-Butyrolactone, a strong intoxicant used to make the "date rape" drug.

    “This is a significant interception by our CBP officers at LAX,” said Todd C. Owen CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.

    The discovery was made after CBP officers examined a three gallon white plastic container arriving from China. Smugglers tried to disguise the shipment’s content with a misleading invoice description of “Propylene Glycol.” The estimated street value of this seizure is $1,414.

    "Young ladies need to learn never to sit your drink down.  $8 is not worth your sanity, peace of mind and body," says Roniqua Watkins who is visiting Hollywood from Georgia.  In recent years, GHB has become popular as a recreational drug among young adults at dance clubs and “raves”. In certain doses, GHB can render a victim incapable of resisting advances.

    Back in Hollywood, Lori Ann Moskowitz is celebrating at a bachelorette party.  She says, "Never take a drink from anyone you don't know.  And always cover your drink." 

    On a typical day in fiscal year 2010, CBP seized 25,209 pounds of drugs nationwide.