MONROE — The feds say they intercepted a Bronx man's shipment of the date-rape drug GHB at the Monroe post office, landing the sender in federal custody after a judge rejected his plea for release on bond.
Justin Dollard, 36, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He's accused of mailing two packages of the clear liquid, camouflaged in plastic bottles of Tropicana apple juice and Lipton Brisk iced tea. His new lawyer, Eugene Riccio, got his first look at the federal complaint against Dollard on Thursday. "I've just been retained in the matter, and I am unable to comment at this time," he said.
Federal authorities say in court papers that the drug, known in party circles as "Good Hormones at Bedtime," "Georgia Home Boy" and other nicknames, was shipped through the mail in March. The shipper apparently didn't know that he was dealing with a confidential informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
A complaint filed in U.S. District Court says that the confidential informant made contact with Dollard on the Internet. They swapped e-mails through an encrypted service called Hushmail. The complaint says that the seller told the customer, "I'm having a sale, 16 oz. for $110/with priority shipping & DC# (delivery confirmation number) included."
On March 12, DEA agents followed Dollard from his Bronx apartment to a post office on the Grand Concourse, near Yankee Stadium, according to the complaint. On March 17 at the Monroe post office on Route 17M, another agent retrieved the four bottles of GHB in two separate packages. The confirmation numbers matched the ones that had been accepted for mailing in the Bronx.
Dollard was arrested in late September, denied bond during a hearing earlier this month and remains in federal custody in Westchester County, waiting to hear when he'll next appear in U.S. District Court in White Plains.
by Oliver Mackson
from the Times-Herald Record, October 19 2009
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