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Missing laptop leads to pint of "date rape" drug

Sheriff’s deputies searching for a missing laptop computer came up with a pint of what’s commonly known as the “date rape” drug.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 24, deputies were called to the 4000 block of Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles to take a report of a stolen laptop. The caller said a roommate or the roommate’s boyfriend may have taken the computer.

The roommate denied taking the computer, according to the Sheriff’s Department, and allowed deputies to search her room.

During the search, deputies allegedly found a pint of GHV, which is similar to the more common GHB. The drugs can cause drowsiness, passivity and amnesia that make the user susceptible to sexual assault.

The drug allegedly belonged to the roommate’s boyfriend, Keith Randel Burgess, 22, of Templeton, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies found Burgess during a traffic stop on April 25. The stolen laptop was allegedly found in his car.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and several misdemeanor local warrants.

-Larissa Doust

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