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

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Customs agents at LAX discovered nearly three gallons of a chemical used to make the date rape drug.

Customs agents at LAX discovered nearly three gallons of a chemical used to make the 'date rape' drug. (KABC Photo)

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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