The Toronto Police Drug Squad has made a substantial seizure of substances used to produce a dangerous street drug.
A total of 50 kilos of Gamma Butryolactone (GBL) and 25 kilos of sodium hydroxide were seized.
Originating in China, the substances were allegedly intercepted during a joint law enforcement operation that included the Canada Border Services Agency.
Drug Squad Inspector Howie Page said the chemical components are used to make Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), often referred to as a “date-rape” drug as it incapacitates and causes memory loss in those who take it.
“The quantity seized was capable of making 24 kilos of GHB and it’s representative of 53,000 individual doses with a street value of about $527,000,” he said. “This is a significant seizure.”
On December 2, 30-year-old Ayron Borovic, of Oshawa, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose, possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime, failing to comply with recognizance and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.
The following day, Malik Jadavji, 38, of Toronto, was charged with importing a Schedule 1 substance, two counts of possession of a Class A precursor for the purpose and three counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose.
They are scheduled to appear in court on January 18.