Texas woman receives 151-month sentence for selling ‘date-rape drug’

A North Texas woman was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for selling substances known as “date-rape drugs” over the internet, prosecutors said Thursday.

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According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Hyun Ji Martin, 40, of Irving was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced to 12 years and seven months.

Court documents stated that Martin was selling gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also called a “date-rape drug,” over the dark web, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service opened an investigation after postal service employees witnessed Martin delivering 15 parcels to a post office in Irving on Nov. 6, 2020, according to the news release. Employees kept two of the packages and discovered 208 milliliters of clear liquid inside contact lens solution bottles.

Inspectors believed the contents of the packages contained either GHB or gamma-butyrolactone, known as GBL, KTVT reported.

On June 3, 2021, authorities executed a search warrant at Martin’s apartment and found GHB, GBL, methamphetamine, USPS shipping supplies, contact lens solution bottles and a lab to convert GBL to GHB, prosecutors said in the news release.

Martin admitted to investigators that she routinely ordered GBL from China, converted some of it to GHB and then sold both GHB and GBL on the dark web, the Star-Telegram reported. Investigators traced more than 1,600 outgoing packages to Martin; many of the parcels had fake names and return addresses, according to the newspaper

According to the news release, Martin tried to flee after her plea deal and was arrested again in June 2022.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will not stop in pursuing those who wish to flood our streets with dangerous drugs,” Thomas Noyes, inspector in charge of the Postal Inspection Service’s Fort Worth division, said in a statement. “This sentencing represents our commitment to safeguarding the mail from illicit drug trafficking and bringing those responsible to justice. We thank all those who helped in achieving this outcome, including North Texas Parcel Task Force members, the USPS-OIG, DEA, HSI, CBP and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Texas.”

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