Drug Task Force: Manheim Twp. Man had Bulk Meth, Hundreds of Doses of ‘Date Rape Drug’

A Manheim Township man is charged with felony drug-dealing regarding recent seizures of bulk methamphetamine and a “date rape drug.”

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, following a surveillance operation, raided a home in the 2100 block of Fruitville Pike on July 19.

The Task Force charged 35-year-old Gardie Wright with felony drug-dealing and related misdemeanors. He is at Lancaster County Prison on $150,000 bail.

Detectives found at the home 125 grams (about 4½ ounces) of methamphetamine, valued at an estimated $7,500.

Detectives also found 13 ounces of Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), known to law-enforcement as a “date-rape drug” with sedative effects.

It is believed to be the Drug Task Force’s largest seizure of such a substance in recent history.

‘This bust did not involve an ordinary dealer,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday. “Specifically regarding the GHB, we quantify that seizure not merely in weight, but in the number of potential sexual assaults avoided.

“This is a despicable Schedule One substance with no purpose but to incapacitate a potential victim.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration denotes GHB is abused for its euphoric and sedative effects, often mixed with other liquids.

“The user is not usually aware of the dose they are drinking,” the DEA states in an advisory on the substance.

At Wright’s home, detectives found 13 ounces distributed in several vials. Numerous empty vials, assumed for distribution purposes, were also found.

As little as a gram can have impact, according to the DEA, meaning Wright possessed hundreds of potential doses.

Detectives also found $758 cash.

Drug Task Force K-9 Bear was at the scene and assisted in the search operation.

Detectives also charged 22-year-old Eric A. Simons with misdemeanor possession and resisting arrest. He was at the Fruitville Pike home during the raid. He is at Lancaster County Prison on $20,000 bail.

Wright and Simons are presumed innocent.

Manheim Township police and Lancaster city police’s Selective Enforcement Unit assisted in the case.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright