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North Texas woman gets 12+ years for selling date-rape drug

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An Irving woman has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for selling date-rape drugs over the internet, according to a news release from the Justice Department.

Hyun Ji Martin, 40, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and sentenced Thursday to 12 years and seven months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means, according to the release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

According to court documents, Martin was selling gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, common known as GHB or the “date-rape drug,” over the dark web.

The investigation was started by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service after postal service employees saw Martin deliver 15 parcels to a post office in Irving on Nov. 6, 2020, according to the news release. They kept two of the parcels for investigation and inside found around 208 milliliters of a clear liquid inside contact lens solution bottles.

According to the release, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service suspected the liquid was GHB or the analogue gamma-butyrolactone, known as GBL. In June 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.

Martin admitted to investigators following the search of her apartment that she routinely ordered GBL from China, converted some of it to GHB and then sold both GHB and GBL on the dark web, according to the news release. Investigators identified more than 1,600 outgoing parcels associated with Martin.

In most cases, the packages were mailed using a fake addresses and names for the person shipping the parcel, authorities said.

According to the release, Martin tried to flee after her plea deal and was arrested again in June of this year and taken back to North Texas for sentencing.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s North Texas Parcel Task Force and the Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation with help from the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, according to the release

This story was originally published August 12, 2022 10:19 PM.

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James Hartley is a breaking news journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He’s a North Texas native who joined the Star-Telegram team during a 2019 internship and just didn’t leave. He’s passionate about true stories and loves understated movies, good tea and scotch that’s out of his budget.




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