Police cracks down on international smuggling route of date rape drug

Officers of the Central Investigative Bureau of the Police (CBŚP), along with National Customs Office and Prosecutors, thwarted the smuggling route of GBL substance, commonly known as date rape drug.

The route lead from China through Lithuania to Poland and then to Western and Southern Europe, as well as to South America and Asia.

The officers seized around 1,200 kg of this substance, which equals 2.5 mln doses. It was hidden inside courier parcels. Two people were detained, another two turned themselves in the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the findings of the police, an international gang could have smuggled a total amount of 335 tonnes of this drug, worth around EUR 21 mln.

The trail was found by officers of CBSP from Rzeszów, south-east Poland. The criminals were operating under the cover of legal business activities.

The investigation into this smuggling route of GBL resulted in Europol meeting with Lithuanian police officers and organising a conference in Kraków, southern Poland, with the participation of police officers from the Members States of the EU. The main topic of the meeting was the threats coming from the GBL.

The conference resulted with banning GBL in Lithuania and placing it on the list of drugs whose distribution is illegal. CBŚP reports that “the steps have been taken to monitor the trade of this substance in the EU.”

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