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Corporate Officer Fined $330,000 in Date Rape Drug Case

Michael P. Starks, chief executive officer of Chemlab in Little Rock, AR, was fined over $330,000 and sentenced to 18 months in jail by a U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock for conspiring to illegally sell and distribute kits for making the ‘date rape drug,’ gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Starks and unnamed co–conspirators assembled the kits and arranged to deliver them by air in interstate commerce without proper labeling that the packages contained dangerous goods. Stark also used Chemlab’s website to sell the kits in the United States and several foreign countries. OIG conducted this investigation jointly with the Food and Drug Administration with assistance from FAA.