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Recent Texas Case Shows Resurgence of an Old, Dangerous Drug

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With every generation comes new vices and different substances that people use to get a buzz or a high. In many cases, old drugs, also known as controlled substances, reach their peak, disappear, then resurge decades later in a new manner. Over the past decade, the legalization of marijuana has come to the forefront of U.S. policy. In many states, this drug has been legalized for both medical and recreational use, and since its height in the 1970s, marijuana has modernized and become accessible through many different platforms. Various other drugs are following this modern evolution, including a drug known as Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). Gone are the days where obtaining illegal substances was done through word of mouth and the handing off of a discreet package. Now, such exchanges can be done online, leading to increased market size.

What Is GHB?

Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid was first synthesized in a lab in the 1960s but saw its recreational heights in the early 2000s. In small doses, this clear liquid creates feelings of relaxation, sexual arousal, and confusion, as well as amnesia and hallucinations, which is why it became so popular as a party drug. GHB’s clear coloring led to its label as a date-rape drug, though it has not been found in many sexual assault cases. The true danger of this drug lies in its overdose symptoms: coma and respiratory arrest, making the overdosed user appear to be sleeping off its effects.

GHB overdose numbers skyrocketed in the United States during the 1990s, with 145 GHB-related emergency room visits recorded in 1995 and nearly 5,000 visits recorded by 2000. In order to address the dangers behind this substance, Congress passed the Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000, which listed GHB as a Schedule I controlled substance. In the next decade, this substance had all but disappeared, although recent events have shown a resurgence in the dangerous drug.

Jake’s Fireworks Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

In early June, eight Texans were arrested for alleged drug and money laundering violations. The substance involved? GHB. Back in 2018, Florida law enforcement intercepted mail packages containing 1,4 butanediol (BDO), a substance that metabolizes into GHB when ingested. After investigating the origins of these mailed substances, the package was traced back to Right Price Chemicals, a business located in Nederland, Texas. Also located at this company’s address is a seasonal fireworks business known as Jake’s Fireworks. According to the agents working on the case, this business has distributed over 7,000 gallons of BDO in the past four years, with the firework business acting as a front for individuals to walk in and purchase BDO. Customers around the country were also able to make purchases through an online marketplace. Criminal charges are being pursued against the eight individuals tied to the business, though the case is far from closed.

Contact a Karnes City Criminal Defense Attorney

Jake’s Fireworks is far from being the only party tied to GHB distribution throughout the United States. Whether you purchased from this business, have been caught doing similar drug distribution, or are facing drug charges of any kind, it is important to seek counsel from a reputable criminal defense lawyer. Drug charges come with severe legal penalties, typically including incarceration, and our BCP Criminal Defense Attorneys are prepared to take on your case. We have over 40 years of combined experience defending Texans who are facing criminal charges of any kind, including drug penalties. For help with your case, contact our diligent Karnes County drug charge defense lawyers today at 830-769-1010 to schedule your free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/dangerous-party-drug-has-been-everywhere-even-amazon-n1236481

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edtx/pr/eight-arrested-connection-jake-s-fireworks-drug-trafficking-conspiracy 

 

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