Criminals are now using drugs to rob people at their homes


Scopolamine, hyoscine also known as levo-duboisine or burundanga, sold as Scopoderm, is a tropane alkaloid drug with muscarinic antagonist effects. It is among the secondary metabolites of plants from Solanaceae (nightshade) family of plants, such as henbane, jimson weed (Datura), angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia), and corkwood (Duboisia).

Since late last year, criminals have been using again the drug scopolamine, most known as burundanga. The number of cases in which this drug was used to rob houses or apartments has increased, Police authorities of the Capital District have processed complaints of victims who were subjected to the substance shortly before having had their home belongings robbed.

Scopolamine or burundanga is also known as the “rape drug”. It has a numbing effect. It also causes temporary amnesia and a deterioration of people’s will. Its most known dose form for criminal use is powder. It is usually secretly dissolved in drinks at night clubs. The same effects are accomplished upon mucous tissue exposure. Police sources have clarified that the drug powder does not cause effects upon skin exposure.

Criminal use of scopolamine has extended in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela. It was first used for sexual purposes, then as an aid in kidnappings or “millionaire rides” and now in house burglary.

There have been cases reported in Santa Fe, Bello Monte and El Paraiso, although of these cases, only the one in Santa Fe resulted in violence. Reports are often submitted after a few days. There have also been cases of violent house and apartment robberies in the Capital District. Criminal groups operate in Macaracuay, La Trinidad, La Florida and El Cementerio.

NOTE: Scopolamine can cause death depending on the victim’s physical condition. Vitamin C and atropine help revert its effects.