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Lake Worth man receives package of date rape drugs from federal agent

A Lantana man was caught with nearly three pounds of date rape drugs as part of a controlled delivery with federal agents. (WPEC)

A Lake Worth man was caught with nearly three pounds of date rape drugs as part of a controlled delivery with federal agents.

According to a criminal arrest affidavit, 38-year-old Steven Labadie, of Lake Worth was delivered a package from Hong Kong containing the drugs.

The criminal complaint said a package had been tracked by Homeland Security since arriving in the U.S. October 4 at JFK airport in New York City, and made its way down to Palm Beach County. U.S. Customs agents checked the package and found two vials of an unknown substance. After lab testing, agents determined the substance in the vials was gamma butyrolactone, commonly known GBL, the date rape drug. The package was addressed to a “John” at MLS Auto Care at Hypoluxo Road in Lantana.

The police report says a controlled delivery was conducted by an undercover federal agent on October 11. The delivery was made to a man identifying himself as “John Smith”, who signed for the package.

Agents and undercover officers with the Lantana Police Department were inside the office building and observed a man fitting the description of “John Smith” heading towards a black Mercedes in the parking lot.

Officers arrested the man, later identified as Labadie, and also confirmed the Mercedes belonged to Labadie. Employees in the office building told officers they witnessed Labadie receiving the package from a postal worker.

A search warrant was signed 24 hours before the arrest, officers searched the package and located the date rape drugs previously tested by Homeland Security. Labadie was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, possession of ecstasy, and possession to MDMA.

Labadie was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and later posted $32,000 bond.

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