‘Date rape’ drug GBL importer Afshin Alikhani jailed for 11 years | UK | News | EUROtoday

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A person who imported greater than 500 litres of the doubtless deadly “date rape” drug GBL has been jailed for 11 years.

The Metropolitan Police spent 4 years constructing a case in opposition to Afshin Alikhani after he introduced in industrial portions of the substance, a central nervous system depressant typically positioned in alcoholic drinks.

Incorrect dosage of GBL could be deadly, and it may be weaponised by perpetrators – leaving victims vulnerable to sexual assault and rape.

After being arrested following an in-depth surveillance operation, the 43-year-old, of Abbey Road, London, repeatedly denied his involvement – although officers discovered telephones in his condominium displaying his deliberate distribution to patrons.

However, in August he was discovered responsible by a jury at Harrow Crown Court on all counts of importation of sophistication C medication.

His sentence at London’s Old Bailey didn’t happen till earlier this month as a result of authorized complexity of assessing the hurt that GBL causes.

Det Sgt Isabella Grotto, who led the case, mentioned: “Alikhani’s conviction is a signal to others that the supply of this drug is taken extremely seriously, and we will pursue those who distribute GBL to Londoners.

“We worked long and hard with multiple different teams and gathered expert advice from specialists to ensure we could prove the seriousness of the importation of this drug and its detrimental impact on victims.”

Det Insp Louise Houtmeyers, the senior investigating officer within the case, mentioned: “This is a first-of-its-kind case for the Met. Alikhani was not only importing this dangerous drug, but was attempting to distribute a huge volume to victims across London – he intended to profit off an extremely harmful and illegal substance.

“GBL is highly addictive and can be fatal. There is an emerging trend of this drug being used more frequently, particularly by men who have sex with men, and during chemsex.

“This is often deemed a taboo subject, but this conviction is about raising awareness of the impact of GBL and its associated dangers, not criminalising or ostracising people who might be using it.

“We are determined to protect all London communities and believe the sentencing demonstrates the seriousness and potential harm 500 litres of GBL could have had.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1869383/Afshin-Alikhani-GBL-date-rape-drug-imported