Former Auburn University lab tech pleads guilty to selling date rape drug

A former Auburn University lab tech pleaded guilty today to four charges related to distributing a large quantity of drug rape drugs.

Stephen Howard, who was 64 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to distribute 1,4-butanediol, a controlled substance and analogue of GHG; and possession of methamphetamine.

He plans to go to trial on two counts of brandishing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Howard worked as a chemical lab technician in the Polymer and Fiber Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at Auburn at the time of his arrest.

Authorities say Howard sold an undercover agent large qualities of 1,4-butanediol, a form of the date rape drug GHB on two separate occasions in May 2015. Police say Howard brandished a handgun in the commission of the alleged drug transactions.

The transactions were captured on video. On the video, Howard can be heard explaining how the drug works and its dosage. He also speaks of using it on three to four girls who passed out on him.

Federal authorities and Auburn police executed a search warrant on Howard’s home and Auburn University office on May 22. They seized a handgun, a short-barrel rifle and ammunition at his home.

In a May 27 hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. called Howard a predator and a danger to the community. He denied bail on the charges.

Howard was indicted in June.  His trial is set for Jan. 4, 2016.

Source: http://www.al.com/news/montgomery/index.ssf/2015/10/former_auburn_university_lab_t.html

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