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Date-rape drug hunt; INTERNATIONAL AUSTRIA.

Police searching for chemicals used to make the date-rape drug GHB raided some 600 homes and offices in Austria, Switzerland and Germany yesterday.

The raids followed months of investigation launched after police became suspicious of online orders for GBL, a chemical found in industrial cleaners.

The legal chemical can be used to manufacture GHB. The orders were placed to a chemical company near Munich and another in northern Germany, investigators said. Swiss police searched a number of houses in 17 states, the country's Federal Police Office said.

Some of the searched premises allegedly housed laboratories for the production of synthetic drugs, the office said.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 10, 2008
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