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Back To Vidyya Owner Of An Illegal Internet Drug Operation Indicted

Man Accused Of Selling Nitrous Oxide Over The Internet

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 student.

Lawrence C. Teiman of Tempe, Ariz., the proprietor of the store Shirts N' Things and the website, 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 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 of $1,250,000.

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.

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