A Federal Grand Jury based in Roanoke, Va, has indicted the owner and operator of a store and
website for the interstate marketing of a misbranded drug - a drug that may have killed a Virginia college
Lawrence C. Teiman of Tempe, Ariz., the proprietor of the store Shirts N' Things and the website
bongmart.com, has been charged with repeatedly selling nitrous oxide to purchasers in the Western
District of Virginia over the internet. Although nitrous oxide has commercial uses as a propellant, Teiman
was selling it with devices designed to allow it to be inhaled as a means of getting high -- a clear violation of
the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 331(a).
Teimanís activities came to light as the result of an investigation by FDA and the Roanoke, Va.,
Police Dept. following the death of a Virginia Tech student late last year from nitrous oxide inhalation. The
investigation revealed that the student and others had purchased the drug and related materials from the now closed bongmart.com website. Based on this evidence, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia
Robert P. Crouch, Jr., sought indictments against Teiman and his enterprises.
If convicted on all counts, Teiman could face a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a fine
A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not a finding of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair
trial with the burden of proof on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.