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A Utah federal judge Monday allowed a chemist charged with making an illegal designer drug called "Eve" at a Utah government laboratory to return home pending his trial.

"If there's any slippage, you're back, not in a hospital, but the Salt Lake County Jail," Judge Bruce Jenkins told Barry T. Eagan, referring to an earlier order allowing the defendant to enter a chemical dependency treatment center on a $25,000 signature bond.Eagan, 30, Salt Lake City, is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 30, 1990, on charges of possession with intent to distribute the drug MDEA, commonly referred to as "Eve," and possession of a weapon during a drug-trafficking crime.

Prosecutors have said the weapons violation will be reduced because a device alleged to have been a gun silencer actually made the .22-caliber handgun louder when fired.

The home release approved by Jenkins allows Eagan to leave his residence for counseling and to search for employment. He also will be subjected to random drug testing.