August 14, 2022

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Trafficker who sold substandard GHB pleads guilty

A Côte-de-Beaupré GHB dealer who allegedly sold notorious “date-rape drugs” pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking charges.

In 2020, there was a GHB overdose problem in Cote-de-Beuvray as a result of the sale of poor quality drugs.

A situation that may have even led to the death of a consumer who died of an overdose of a “date-rape drug” may be voluntarily consumed by some regular person.

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

A 38-year-old woman, Leticia Mariar, who was designated by two consumers as the main seller of GHB in the Beaupre sector, was thus targeted and confirmed the information provided at the hearing.

Search

Given the urgency surrounding GHB overdose, investigators intervened quickly.

So, on April 14, 2021, SQ police officers raided the home of Leticia Mariar.

At the scene, they seized a liter of GHB and pills of methamphetamine and oxycodone.

Evidence revealed that while the amount of “date-rape drugs” when seized was small, Maurier could sell two liters of GHB to willing customers.

Crown prosecutor Christian Gauthier told a court in Quebec City that a cell phone seized during the search and investigation gave police strong reason to believe the drug used by the man who died of a GHB overdose came from Leticia Marier. Court complex.

However, as the police found it difficult to provide evidence in this regard, they wanted to act quickly in this case, considering the problems observed, to ensure that this drug is removed from the market.

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The accused has multiple priors and is therefore not charged in connection with the overdose death.

He pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and violating probation because it was a rehab.

Leticia Mariar will return to court in a few weeks to hear her sentence. She remains free pending trial.

Increased toxicity

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

They fell from 177 to 310 and could resume after the epidemic calms down.

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