Red Deer police find stash of date rape drug

A Red Deer man was charged after police discovered a quantity of the date rape drug during a search warrant on a house in Oriole Park on Wednesday.

A Red Deer man was charged after police discovered a quantity of the date rape drug during a search warrant on a house in Oriole Park on Wednesday.

The Red Deer city RCMP Street Team executed a judicially authorized search warrant for drugs on a home on Oak Drive in Red Deer. A man living at the home was arrested without incident.

Police report seizing a substantial quantity of 4-gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), drug trafficking paraphernalia, as well as a Taser.

GHB is a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

It’s a clear liquid with two common uses — as a small dose, it can be consumed as an intoxicant with similar symptoms as consuming alcohol. Police say in larger doses, it can be used as a date rape drug and symptoms include drowsiness, blackouts and loss of memory.

Spokeswoman Cpl. Kathe DeHeer said the amount of this drug found inside the home was “fairly substantial.”

Aaron Bodnarkuk, 26, of Red Deer was released on $1,000 bail. He will be in Red Deer provincial court today on charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, dangerous driving, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

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