Pubdate: Thu, 06 Jan 2000
Source: Gazette, The (CO)
Copyright: 2000, The Gazette
Author: The Associated Press


LITTLETON - A Littleton police officer has been arrested on suspicion
of ordering the "date rape" drug Rohypnol over the Internet.

Jeffrey Osman, 35, of Lakewood faces felony charges of possession of a
controlled substance and has been suspended, Littleton Police Chief
Gary Maas said Wednesday. Osman was released shortly after his arrest.

Osman was arrested Tuesday after a U.S. postal inspector, posing as a
delivery person, delivered the drug ordered from Thailand to Osman's

Some of the Rohypnol had leaked onto the lid of a Thailand puzzle box
and U.S. Customs Service inspectors discovered the residue at their
Oakland, Calif., mail facility. Customs officials notified authorities
in Colorado.

The illegal sedative Rohypnol is similar to Valium but 10 times
stronger. It is sometimes known as "roofies," "roofenol," "R-2,"
"Mexican Valium," "rib" and "rope."

The Colorado Legislature outlawed its use last year.

"People think that if it's on the Internet, it's legal," said Dan
Stocking, spokesman for the Littleton Police Department. "But some of
this stuff is not. I guess he should have known better."

Police searching Osman's house also found 100 tabs of GHB, an animal
tranquilizer sometimes used as a date rape drug, as well as 200 tabs
of the sedative Diazepam and less than an ounce of marijuana.
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