"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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    Customs and Border Protection officers discovered several gallons of the dangerous chemical used to make the "date rape" drug during an inspection at LAX. (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.