GBL: Law and order

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 3:46 pm

March 15, 2000: The largest GBL distribution arrest in the United States to date was made when M. B. H., a former Honeywell computer engineer and Mensa member, was arrested on charges he sold GBL through his Inova Products website. Cash-only bail was set at $5 million. The Phoenix Division of the DEA, the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office claimed that Hall purchased GBL in 55-gallon drums from a distributor, and then resold it to hundreds of dealers nationwide. His illegal income of about $25,000 per week came from selling the contents of each drum, or about 180,000 doses of GBL, for $3,200, about three times the original price. Hall was caught while en route to the post office with 2.5-gallon containers of GBL. While imprisoned in Phoenix, he was beaten by another inmate who thought he was a rapist because he sold a date-rape drug.
October 1, 1999: John Keith Dilg, a 23-year-old former student at Southern Illinois University, was accused of running one of the largest GHB production operations discovered to date. He was the first person to face federal charges in Chicago for making more than 1,100 pounds of liquid GHB in clandestine labs, including one in his parents’ home, and was charged with three federal felonies: conspiracy to violate FDA laws, operating an unregistered drug-manufacturing facility, and mislabeling drugs.
March 1999: Four males, ages 17 to 25, were arraigned on charges of manslaughter and poisoning in the death of Michigan ninth-grader Samantha Reid. They were charged with slipping the “date-rape” drug GBL or GHB into her soft drink at a party in Grosse Isle, causing her to vomit, lapse into a coma, and then die. Two other girls survived being drugged at the party. At trial in February 2000, the three younger males were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and lesser charges of poisoning, and the oldest was convicted of being an accessory to manslaughter, poisoning, and possession of marijuana and GHB. Poisoning carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and manslaughter a maximum of 15 years.
February 2, 1998: California chiropractor Daniel Bricker, age 30, was fined $2,000 and imprisoned for illegally distributing and mislabeling liquids containing GBL at a 1996 New Year’s Eve “rave” party. More than 100 party guests fell ill, including 30 taken to local hospitals with complaints of dizziness, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Special agents from the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations seized more than 10,000 vials of Cherry fX Bombs, Lemon fX Drops, and Orange fX Rush, along with documents containing results of laboratory tests on these products that proved that Bricker knew they were harmful. An FDA agent revealed that Bricker had planned to spike the party punch with kava-kava, but when he could not get it in time, he substituted the industrial solvent. “He knew in advance that these people would get sick from it, and he distributed it anyway in the hopes of making some money. It was an extremely dangerous thing to do,” an FDA agent was quoted as saying in the July-August 1998 FDA Investigators’ Reports. Bricker’s sentence included three months in prison and three months in a rehabilitation halfway house.

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