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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Philadelphia Man Charged With Importing GBL From China

PHILADELPHIA - Anthony Guerriero, 41, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment today with one count of importation of a controlled substance analogue, and one count of importation of a List I chemical, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the indictment, Guerriero illegally imported 8.16 liters of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (“GBL”), a controlled substance analogue and an illegal List I chemical, into the United States from China

If convicted of all charges, Guerriero faces a maximum statutory sentence of 40 years in prison, a possible fine, a special assessment of $200, and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and members of HSI’s Philadelphia Border Enforcement Security Task Force, including the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations, the Delaware County Criminal Investigations Division, and ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James A. Petkun.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 29, 2016