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CBP Officers Intercept 'Date-Rape' Drug

Release Date: 
October 24, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - A female Mexican national was apprehended yesterday after Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port discovered the she was in possession of animal tranquilizers often used in the commission of sexual assaults.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes ketamine as a clear, odorless and tasteless liquid developed in the early 1960s to replace Phencyclidine (PCP) as an anesthetic.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes ketamine as a clear, odorless and tasteless liquid developed in the early 1960s to replace Phencyclidine (PCP) as an anesthetic.

Officers referred Josefina Irene Dominguez, 51, for additional questioning and a vehicle search when she attempted to enter the United States. Officers found 310 vials of ketamine inside the vehicle.

The Drug Enforcement Administration describes ketamine as a clear, odorless and tasteless liquid developed in the early 1960s to replace Phencyclidine (PCP) as an anesthetic. Since ketamine also induces amnesia, it is sometimes given to unsuspecting victims prior to the commission of sexual assaults. This illegal practice is referred to as "drug rape" or "date rape."

The drugs were seized. Dominguez was referred for prosecution.

Officers found 310 vials of ketamine inside the vehicle.

Officers found 310 vials of ketamine inside the vehicle.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017