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'Predator' Charged in Rape-Drug Case

Nation IN BRIEF / FLORIDA

March 28, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

A man on Florida's "sexual predator" list was charged in Miami with buying enough chemicals over the Internet to make nearly 100,000 doses of the newly outlawed "date rape drug" GBH, federal agents said. The arrest is one of the first under a two-week-old federal law banning possession of GBH, or gamma hydroxybutyric acid, and its precursor chemicals, said Brent Eaton, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. DEA agents and police seized the chemicals at the home of Matthew Michael Roth, 24, also known as Brian Williams, in Boca Raton, Fla. Roth was previously convicted of lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16 and was on probation, according to court documents and Department of Law Enforcement records. That conviction earned him a spot in the state agency's sexual predator database.

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