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Teacher Charged With Having 'Date-Rape' Drug Ingredient

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) - A high school teacher has been charged with possessing the chemical used to make a date-rape drug, police in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood said.

Darren Adkins, 28, of Lakewood, who teaches at Strongsville High School, was charged with possession of a chemical used to manufacture a controlled substance, Police Chief Timothy Malley said.

Adkins was one of more than 115 people arrested in a two-year, 84-city investigation that ended last week.

Many of those arrested, including Adkins, bought kits to make the drug from Internet sites.

Police said Adkins bought at least three bottles of the chemical GBL from a Canadian company since summer and sold them for $100 apiece, police said. A computer and bottles of a clear liquid were seized from his home, police said.

Lakewood began an investigation Sept. 13 after a U.S. postal inspector called about an investigation into the Canadian company.

The man who bought the chemical from Adkins, whose name was not released, did not own a computer and could not access the Web site, police said.

GBL, an ingredient in pesticides, also is used to make GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate, an odorless, clear liquid sometimes use to immobilize rape victims. The drug can induce euphoria and unconsciousness. Overdoses can be fatal.

Adkins, who has an unlisted telephone number, could not be reached for comment.

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