Dozens of charges laid against four after big drug bust
ALERT seizes ‘significant’ amount of GHB, other drugs, cash, guns
More than eight litres of GHB, an odourless, colourless, tasteless liquid commonly called the “daterape drug” was seized from a northeast Edmonton home last week.
The 8.5-litre seizure of gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB, was the largest bust of that drug by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and resulted in the arrest of four people.
A total of 44 charges were laid against the quartet, relating to drugs, guns, stolen property and breaches.
Last year, ALERT teams from across the province seized a total of eight litres of GHB.
The drug is usually abused as a party drug, ALERT said in a news release.
In this case, it was being sold in water bottles and would be almost indistinguishable to an untrained eye, ALERT said.
Even a small drink could lead to fatal results, ALERT said, prompting the law enforcement agency to issue a warning about its dangerous effects.
GHB is a potent sedative that may cause people to lose consciousness and fall into a deep sleep. It slows down a person’s breathing and heart rate.
People who overdose on GHB will often fall into comas, choke on their own vomit and die, Dr. Mark Yarema, the medical director of the poison and drug information service at Alberta Health Services, told the Calgary Herald on Wednesday.
Other effects include extreme sleepiness, disorientation/confusion, difficulty standing or walking and hallucinations, Yarema said.
On Sunday evening, three teenagers in Abbotsford, B.C. were taken to hospital in serious condition after overdosing on a drug believed to be GHB.
GHB became popular in the 1990s as a club-drug for its euphoric and sedative effects. But it also became known as the “date-rape drug” with people slipping it into drinks to facilitate sexual assault, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the country’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital.
ALERT Edmonton, a team of Alberta Sheriffs, Edmonton police and RCMP members, seized GHB, 47 grams of methamphetamine, illicit prescription pills, ammunition and $16,110 in cash from the home.
Six guns were seized from a vehicle at the home. Two of the guns, a shotgun and a handgun, were previously reported stolen from Edmonton and Calgary.
Mark Boivin, 31, Chantel Garnier, 31, Kevin Jurach, 58, and Aaron Watt, 19, are all facing charges.