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Investigators with the Alexander City Police Department are looking into a possible rape over the weekend.

Investigators with the Alexander City Police Department are looking into a possible rape over the weekend.

Alexander City police chief Jay Turner said investigators started to look into the matter after receiving a call from Russell Medical and talked to a victim who could not clearly recall the events of the last several hours Saturday.

“(The victim) went to a party,” Turner said. “She said someone gave her a drink. She said she started to feel funny after drinking it.”

Turner said the victim said she went to the bathroom and was left alone at a home in the Fish Pond Road area with several males.

“She said she blacked out,” Turner said. “She said she woke up in the northside area laying on the ground.”

Turner said the victim said she was hurting in her stomach and intimate areas so the victim was sent to East Alabama Medical Center for a visit with a sex assault nurse examiner.

According to Turner, investigators now have to wait for the forensics to come back to determine where the investigation will go from here.

The possible sexual assault comes on the heels of the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force announcing the seizure of 2 ½ gallons of GBL, a precursor to GHB, following Operation Red Dawn where the task force also seized ecstasy, marijuana, crack cocaine and synthetic marijuana and arrested 17 people earlier this month.

“GBL is usually cut,” Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force Sgt. Fred White said. “Two and ½ gallons is enough to make 5 gallons of GHB.”

White said it takes only a small amount of the drug to render the effects and it is commonly delivered to drinks via a small bottle similar to what eye drops come in.

“It is used in small amounts most often mixed into drinks,” White said. “It is odorless, tasteless and hard to detect. It is most often mixed with sweet drinks but not always.”

American Addiction Centers website says GBL is a precursor of GHB, meaning it is converted into GHB in the body, and its effects are identical. However, it is two to three times as powerful as GHB and its effects are felt faster. 

White said law enforcement has been investigating reports of GHB’s abuse at both parties and establishments in the area and victims usually are not remembering significant periods of time.

According to American Addiction Centers, GHB in larger doses can induce sleep or unconsciousness and inhibit the formation of memories. Because of this, it is also used by some as a “date rape” drug. It is usually sold in a liquid form, making it easy to slip into a drink. It has even been used as a method of murder by a serial killer in England who preyed on gay men he met online, secretly overdosed with GHB then raped, according to the AAC.

Turner said few precautions can prevent being slipped a date rape drug like GBL or GHB.

“Use good common sense,” Turner said. “Don’t sit your cup or drink down when out at a party or establishment. Make sure to attend parties in groups and look out for one another. Watch them make the drink if you are drinking.”

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.

Staff Writer

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers.