UAF student charged with dealing date rape drug

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A University of Alaska Fairbanks student has been charged with dealing the so-called date rape drug.

Jonathan Paliwoda, 26, was arrested in his apartment on campus Friday after undercover drug enforcement agents bought what they think is 100 units of gamma-hydroxybutyrate.

The state crime lab in Anchorage, which is testing the substance along with marijuana, residual amounts of cocaine, painkillers and mushrooms confiscated from the apartment, has rarely had to analyze GHB, said state drug enforcement agent Sgt. J.R. Roberts.

The arrest came as a result of a tip that led to an investigation of Paliwoda, Roberts said.

GHB is used to simulate intoxication and makes the user feel very relaxed. Large doses of the drug can induce a coma-like sleep.

''In the college setting you see a lot of GHB. In the Lower 48, this is very common,'' Roberts said.

Paliwoda allegedly sold the drug in liquid form. Roberts said GHB is often found in powder form as well.

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