Trafficker who sold substandard GHB pleads guilty

Smuggler who sold poor quality GHB pleads guilty

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A GHB seller from Côte-de-Beaupré, who was selling the “date rape drug” of poor quality, according to consumers, to the point of causing a possible fatal overdose, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges on Monday.  

During 2020, a GHB overdose problem resulting from the sale of poor quality drugs was reported in Côte-de-Beaupré.

Situation which would have even led to the death of a consumer, who died of an overdose of the “date rape drug”, which can also be ingested voluntarily by some regulars. 

The denunciation of two customers to the Sûreté du Québec in Côte-de-Beaupré, ready to reveal the identity of their saleswoman who gave them “ juice ” of poor quality, had prompted the investigators to investigate.

A 38-year-old woman, Lethicia Marier, designated by the two consumers as being the main seller of GHB in the Beaupré sector, had thus been targeted and the investigation confirmed the information provided.

Search 

Given the urgency linked to the overconsumption of GHB, the investigators quickly intervened.

Thus, on April 14, 2021, the SQ police officers carried out a search of Lethicia Marier's home. 

On the spot, they seized a little more than a liter of GHB as well as pills methamphetamine and oxycodone.

Although the amount of “date rape drug” was insignificant at the time of the seizure, the evidence revealed that Marier could sell up to two liters of GHB to customers who wanted it.

The cell phone confiscated during the search and investigation gave the police strong reason to believe that the drug used by the person who died of a GHB overdose came from Lethicia Marier, said the Crown prosecutor, Christian Gauthier, in the courtroom, at the Quebec City courthouse.

However, it was difficult for the police to provide evidence in this regard and they preferred to act quickly in this case, given the problems observed, to ensure that this drug was removed from the market.

< p>The accused, who has several backgrounds, was therefore not the subject of a charge in connection with the death by overdose.

She pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and breach of probation since it was a recidivism.

Lethicia Marier will return to court in a few weeks to hear her sentence. She is free during the procedures.

Increase in poisonings

Between 2018 and 2020, the CHU de Québec had noted a growth in the number of admissions for GHB intoxications, whether voluntary or not.

They had gone from 177 to 310 and could well resume after the pandemic lull.  

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