Edmonton police seize date-rape drug in a raid

On Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, four litres of GHB and 300 pieces of stolen identification were seized by Edmonton police officers while executing a search warrant at 121 Street and Jasper Avenue.

Gamma Hydroxybutyric (GHB), also known as the “date-rape drug” is often willingly used by individuals looking for a recreational “high”. It is odorless, colourless, can provide a soapy or salty taste, and comes in white powder form or as a clear liquid with a syrup-like appearance. The effects are similar to drinking a large quantity of alcohol, however, it has rapid onset, and results in short term memory loss.

Danielle Campbell, Supt. of Criminal Investigations Division, stresses that while GHB is known internationally, in Edmonton the number one drug of choice when committing a sexual assault is alcohol.

EPS has laid numerous charges for possession of GHB in the past; however, this is likely the largest bust to date in Alberta. The street value of the four litres of GHB is approximately $16,000.

In addition, police seized over 300 pieces of identification, blank credit cards and a credit card making machine. Many of the identifications have already been confirmed to be stolen from vehicles over the past three months. Police also recovered ecstasy and methamphetamine from the home. The investigation is ongoing.

Walter Henry Jones, 35, and Lacey Dawn Snyder, 22, both of Edmonton, have been charged with possession with the purpose of trafficking x 2, proceeds of crime, and possession of a controlled substance. In addition, Jones has been charged with assault x 2, assault with a weapon x 2, uttering threats x 2 and breach of probation x 2. Snyder has also been charged with breach of recognizance.

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