- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former Auburn University lab technician has been sentenced to prison for selling a date rape drug and other charges.

Authorities said Wednesday that 64-year-old Stephen Howard was sentenced Wednesday to 8 years and 6 month in prison. Howard had also been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Howard’s pleaded guilty in October to three counts of possessing and distributing a form of butanediol, an odorless and colorless chemical used as a sedative that mimics the controlled substance GHB when it’s consumed.

Prosecutors have said Howard worked at Auburn University and used his position to order the butanediol. Investigators say he sold the date rape drug to an undercover officer twice.

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