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ABERDEEN MAN DENIES DATE-RAPE DRUGS CHARGES; Court in US told of internet smuggling scam.

Byline: By Charlie Gall

AN ABERDEEN man has appeared in court in America accused of supplying ingredients to make a date-rape drug.

Computer expert David Calder, 36, is charged by the US authorities with being involved in a EUR1million internet drug smuggling operation.

It is alleged he supplied the banned chemical GBL, knowing it was to be used to make date-rape drug, GHB.

Former bouncer Calder could face a 20-year jail termif he is found guilty.

He appeared at the United States District Court in San Francisco yesterday where he pleaded not guilty.

A spokesman said he was remanded in custody and that a trial date would be set soon.

Calder's lawyer Stuart Hanlon said his client is "a very naive guy".

He said: "He was just shipping out a chemical. It's used for a lot of things other than rape."

American Jamie Greiman, who was accused along with Calder, is serving five years in jail for receiving huge amounts of GBL, which can be used to make GBH.

Calder is said to have sent dozens of GBL consignments to Greiman between 2001 and 2004 in transactions worth EUR1million.

It's claimed the operation was run by computer from Calder's Belmont Gardens home.

He was arrested in Scotland in 2004 and, although Calder appealed against extradition, was sent to the US to face trial.

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Date:Apr 3, 2007
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