Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Police cast net on 'rape drug' operations in Italy

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(ANSA) - Milan, July 20 - Italian police on Friday arrested
22 people and seized 57,000 doses of 'rape drugs', so called
because they wipe out the memory of people who can be sexually
assaulted and then have no recollection of what happened.
The value of the drugs seized is approximately €600,000,
according to the police.
They said 32 people, including the 22 arrested, were under
investigation.
The synthetic drug, GBL, is considered a growing threat,
especially for young women who go to discos and nightclubs.
It is odorless and flavorless and all it takes is one drop,
diluted in water or a drink, for the victim to suffer temporary
physical weakness and memory loss, allowing rapists a clean
getaway.
According to the police all of the people arrested were
"above suspicion...lawyers, professionals, people from every
walk of life," ranging in age from 16 to 37.
The seized GBL was imported into Italy, where it is
illegal, from the Netherlands, where possession is not a crime.
The drugs were purchased on specialized internet sites, six
of which have now been blocked, while delivery was via courier.
Given its chemical composition, it easily gets past sniffer
dogs at the border.
The different legal regimes applied to GBL in Europe are a
problem for law enforcement.
In an effort to facilitate enforcement efforts, the
European Commission has scheduled a meeting to update legal
instruments available to combat new, synthetic drugs.

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