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First Date Rape Pill Reported in Cherokee County

An intense drug investigation in Cherokee County resulted in the arrest of fourteen people last week. Detectives say thirteen of the fourteen suspects had varying amounts of marijuana or methamphetamine on them. But the case against19-year old Brian Rozelle raised a few more red flags.

The teenager was arrested south of Jacksonville on C-R 1713 with 16 Rohypnol or so-called date-rape pills. It's the first case of its kind in Cherokee County, according to authorities.

"If someone ingests Rohypnol, it's my understanding the drug basically knocks the person out and makes them unable to function," says Captain Johnathan Rhodes with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department.

Rohypnol was originally manufactured to help insomniacs sleep. According to web reports, the drug has the power to knock someone unconscious in 20 to 30 minutes. But when more women started coming forward with claims they were drugged and raped, the legal system started cracking down on people carrying Rohypnol, otherwise known as rope or roofies.

Rozelle is now charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. To date, Cherokee county has had no sexual assaults relating to the drug.

But Cherokee County authorities are asking parents and teenagers to keep their eyes open. Rhodes say the department has received other reports of the date-rape drug G.H.B. and Ecstasy circling the county.

Kerri Panchuk, Reporting.

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