Benzylpiperazine (Trifluoromethyl-Phenylpiperazine): In the news

Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 8:37 am

October 6, 2001: Equine Ecstasy?

BZP made thoroughbred racing history when a horse winning a race at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts tested positive for the drug. “[BZP] is found on the street and popular with some young adults, but we have never seen it in a horse. We spoke to several other states, and this drug is new to the horse industry,” said William Keen, chief steward for the Massachusetts Racing Commission (MRC), according to a story in Standardbred Canada on November 29, 2001. The MRC imposed the maximum penalty under Racing Commissioners International guidelines, which was a $500 fine, loss of purse monies, and 60-day suspension, and notified the state racing commission, which could impose additional penalties. At the hearing, the suspended trainer, Tammi Piermarini, pleaded ignorance. Her husband testified that he bought the drug through a Canadian Web site that claimed it was a bronchodilator, which would open the airways and allow the horse to breathe more easily. “What this means and what this has always meant is that people, wittingly or unwittingly, are trying to get horses to run faster basically by any means necessary,” Brian Mulligan wrote in the December 13, 2001, issue of Buzz Daly: Sportsbook Scene.

January 10, 2002: In a series of ecstasy-related arrests in Washington County in northwest Arkansas, Timothy Paul Moldenhauer, age 23, was convicted of delivery of a counterfeit substance. Police said that he claimed he had ecstasy pills, when he actually had bezylpiperazine pills, a legal drug. Moldenhauer was sentenced to five years for the counterfeit drug in Washington County Circuit Court, according to a story by Julie Allison in The Morning News, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on January 22, 2002.

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