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Edmonton Mom Sentenced In GHB Bust

November 5, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A young mom who was arrested in what police called one of the largest busts ever in Alberta for the party drug known as GHB was sent to the “can” on Monday.

Negin Bahmani, 26, was sentenced to seven years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to trafficking of GHB and cocaine.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sterling Sanderman said it is difficult to send a young mother to jail, but noted Bahmani had been a “distributor” in a “commercial, whole-sale operation” involving “very serious” drugs.

“What drives the sentence is the potential destructive effect these drugs have on the community,” said Sanderman, adding that cocaine is known to be very addictive and GHB has been linked to overdose deaths.

The judge said it was also aggravating that Bahmani — who has a four-year-old child now being taken care of by in-laws — was on parole at the time of the July 9, 2013, bust.

Prior to being sentenced, a tearful Bahmani told court she is accepting full responsibility for what she did and said she just wants to move on and get back to her family.

According to case documents, Bahmani was observed by police unloading eight boxes containing what they believed to be bottles of GHB from a rented car and taking them into a Clairview condo on the morning of July 9, 2013, after earlier getting them from an unknown female.

Later that day, Bahmani and her co-defendant, Nicholas Harris, were seen leaving the condo complex and police pulled over Harris, 33, in the rented car and arrested him.

Officers seized $15,000 in cash, utility knives and documents relating to the car rental from the Volkswagen Passat and then obtained a warrant to search the condo.

There, they found 10 unopened boxes, each containing 20 500-ml bottles of GHB, and an additional opened box containing 12 500-ml bottles of GHB for a total of 212 bottles of the date-rape drug with a street value of $212,000.

Police also seized from the home one and a half kilos of cocaine with a street value of $80,000 and paraphernalia used for the conversion and packing of the drugs.

According to the police, Bahmani’s fingerprints were found on two of the boxes containing bottles of GHB and on a plastic container with a digital scale in it.

Bahmani admits she knowingly had control of the GHB and cocaine with the intent of possessing them for the purpose of distribution and sale.

At the time of the drug bust, police said the 106 litres of GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) found was one of the largest ever GHB seizures in Alberta.

In the past GHB has been dubbed the date-rape drug because of its amnesia-like effects, but cops now say they are more commonly seeing the drug being taken recreationally as a stimulant at raves or dance parties.

Meanwhile, charges against Harris were stayed.

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