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Rave drugs seized Narcs confiscate animal tranquilizers from suppliers By MICHAEL WOOD, CALGARY SUN
Two undercover police operations, targeting rave drugs and their dealers, led to a massive bust of a relatively new and dangerous drug many cops haven't even seen.
Fifteen people were charged during one investigation, which saw undercover agents buy illicit drugs at raves in Calgary over nine months.
Operation E/Motion ran from June 2002 to February 2003, during which cops bought or seized drugs at eight raves.
Some 150 Ecstasy tablets were confiscated, along with about four grams of magic mushrooms, four hits of LSD and less than a gram of marijuana.
Cops valued the haul at $3,200.
In a separate investigation, dubbed Operation Wisk-E, cops targeted higher-level suppliers, those who dealt to the street-level dealers associated with the rave community.
Undercover officers bought or seized 500 Ecstasy tablets with a street value of $10,000, and a hefty haul of a lesser-known party favour known as Special K.
Special K, or Ketamine, has been used since the 1970s as a general anesthetic for animals, and in some countries, humans.
When abused, Ketamine produces a "dissociative" state in a user, eliciting what some describe as out-of-body or near-death experiences -- hence one of its many street names, "God."
The drug induces profound hallucinations, and can also cause fear, confusion, delirium, neurosis and other mental disorders.
Nearly all users of Ketamine develop a tolerance for the drug and must continuously increase the dosage to obtain desired results.
Cops confiscated 10 ounces of Ketamine -- valued at $28,000 -- during the operation.
Forty-seven charges were laid against 14 people during Operation E/motion, including 17 counts of trafficking, 14 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, 14 counts of possession of property obtained by proceeds of crime, one count of possession and one count of breach of curfew.
Fifteen charges were laid against one person during Operation Wisk-E, including seven charges under the Food and Drug Act, five counts of trafficking, and other charges.