Huge drums of date rape drug worth $5.6MILLION are seized


Huge drums of date rape drug worth $5.6MILLION are seized after cops tracked them across Australia

  • An international shipment of the drug ‘liquid fantasy’ has been seized by police 
  • About 800,000 doses of the chemical were seized, worth about $5.6 million 
  • A 54-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted drug trafficking 


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Hundreds of thousands of doses of a designer drug used in drink spiking have been seized by police in a massive drug bust. 

About 800,000 doses of the drug ‘liquid fantasy’ – worth a street value of $5.6 million – were found by detectives in Adelaide on Saturday.

A 54-year-old man was charged with attempting to traffic the large commercial drug supply, with more arrests connected to the 800L shipment expected. 

The shipment containing 800L of 1,4-Butanediol or about 800,000 doses was seized on Saturday (pictured)

The shipment containing 800L of 1,4-Butanediol or about 800,000 doses was seized on Saturday (pictured) 

The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force notified SA Police after the drug arrived in Sydney from overseas before being moved to South Australia. 

Officers from SAPOL, NSW Police, and Australian Federal Police then collaborated to track the cargo and conduct the raid. 

Four addresses in Adelaide’s west were searched in the investigation with $90,000 in cash and weapons including tasers seized. 

It is the largest shipment of the drug – known in chemistry as 1,4-Butanediol – in SA’s history. 

‘While it’s not illegal to import 1,4-Butanediol into the country, it is illegal to import into the state,’ Detective Chief Inspector Denise Gray of the serious and organised crime branch said. 

‘We are working to make 1,4-Butanediol a controlled drug,’ she added. 

Police said the shipment (pictured) was likely linked to organised crime with one man arrested and more arrests expected

Police said the shipment (pictured) was likely linked to organised crime with one man arrested and more arrests expected

Police said the shipment (pictured) was likely linked to organised crime with one man arrested and more arrests expected 

The chemical does have some industrial uses such as manufacturing lycra material and paint thinner, but can also be used recreationally. 

Once ingested the chemical is converted into GHB with effects similar to severe intoxication.

It has also been known to be used in drink spiking and linked to deadly overdoses, particularly when ingested with alcohol.

Superintendent Gray said police worked non-stop for 10 days in the leadup to the raid.

‘We are anticipating one or two arrests, but usually these importations have organised crime sitting behind them,’ she said.

‘We know one or two are known to each other.’  

Anyone who might have information is asked to contact police.

The arrested man was granted bail and will appear in Adelaide Magistrate’s Court in December. 

The drug known as 'liquid fantasy' has been known to be used in drink spiking and has been linked to dangerous overdoses (stock image)

The drug known as 'liquid fantasy' has been known to be used in drink spiking and has been linked to dangerous overdoses (stock image)

The drug known as ‘liquid fantasy’ has been known to be used in drink spiking and has been linked to dangerous overdoses (stock image) 

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