DEA: We will be indentifying all the end users
09-30-2007 07:26 PM
DEA: We will be indentifying all the end users
Dont mean to troll around, but this is truly ridiculous. Steroids, of all ****ing drugs.
U.S. Arrests 124 in Raids on Global Steroid Ring
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By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: September 24, 2007
The Drug Enforcement Administration said today that 124 people had been arrested across the country over the past four days in connection with a performance-enhancing drug trafficking ring.
Officials said the investigation, named Operation Raw Deal, started with more than 30 Chinese companies, which were shipping raw materials needed to make steroids and human growth hormone to manufacturers and labs in the United States and nine other countries.
Since Thursday, the federal government has raided 56 sites in the United States and seized 242 kilograms of steroid and 1.4 million units of steroid dosage.
The facilities in which the drugs were manufactured included the basements of homes, garages, bathrooms and medical laboratories, the authorities said.
No names of athletes have been linked to the investigation yet, officials said, but thousands of e-mails connecting users to the manufacturers were seized by the federal government.
“We will be identifying all the end users,” John Gilbride, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration in New York, said at a news conference today at the administration’s offices in downtown Manhattan. “We do have the lists of a lot of individuals and will be going through them. They may not all be prosecuted, but we will be identifying them.”
Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington said: “If we come across names, are we going to provide them to the leagues? That is going to be the decision of the Department of Justice and the United States attorney’s offices that have those aspects of the case.”
Although the government has not gone through the trove of information connecting users to the steroid ring, Payne said: “We have the ability to identify individual customers, and that should send chills down the spines of athletes and high school and college students who were buying from these manufacturers. We can find you, based on our database.”
Payne said Chinese authorities were cooperating with the investigation.
“Rather than publicly name and indict these companies in China,” he said, “we thought it would be more effective to work with Chinese law enforcement partners and provide them with information so they could go after the companies, which includes as many as 37, that were shipping raw materials. “They have agreed to move forward with their investigation in China.
“There are a lot of sensitive things that go into dealing with a nation like China. We are pleased so far they have done everything we have asked them to, they have agreed to accept the reports and move forward and that is unprecedented.”
The drug case came at a time when the quality of imports from China have become an issue in the two countries. Tens of thousands of toys made in China have been recalled in recent weeks on suspicion of having unacceptably high level of lead in paint and other hazards for small children. Some Chinese-made toothpaste was found to contain a chemical usually used in automotive antidreeze and not intended for human consumption.
Payne said the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency had been partners in the investigation, which has spanned 18-months.
At the news conference in New York, David Howman, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees testing for the Olympics, said he was optimistic that athletes connected to the investigation could be disciplined before the next summer’s Summer Olympics.
“This operation is probably closer to how information was shared in Balco case,” Howman said, referring to the investigation of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative in Burlingame, Calif., which provided Olympic and professional athletes with performance-enhancing drugs. “In Balco, the athletes were sanctioned before the Olympics based on information passed from along from the authorities to the sports so the athletes could not participate in Athens. We are confident that we have a similar relationship to that here and that if there is evidence that it will be given to the authorities before Beijing.”
Operation Raw Deal followed on the heals of an investigation in 2005 that targeted eight Mexican steroid manufacturers. When those those manufacturers, which authorities said provided four out of every five steroid pills in the world, were shut down, a void was created in the market for performance-enhancing drugs that Chinese companies filled.
“Operation Raw Deal uncovered a clandestine web of international drug dealers who lurk on the Internet for young adults craving the artificial advantage of anabolic steroids,” Karen P. Tandy, the administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in news release. “Today we reveal the truth behind the underground steroid market: dangerous drugs cooked up all too often in filthy conditions with no regard to safety, giving Americans who purchase them the ultimate raw deal.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration said that many of the labs it raided “were extremely unsanitary, further illustrating the danger in buying these products illegally. For example, recent lab seizures uncovered huge amounts of raw materials being mixed in bathtubs and bathroom sinks.”
The other countries cooperating with the investigation include: Mexico, Canada, China, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Thailand.
The investigation, the authorities said, was focused on many United States-based Web sites that sold “conversion kits,” which could be used to convert raw steroid powders into a finished product. Investigators also targeted Internet discussion boards where users learned “how to illicitly use, locate and discreetly purchase performance enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids. Many of the underground steroids labs targeted in this case advertise and are endorsed on these message boards.”
Gilbride added: “We know the use of anabolic steroids has been rising among the younger parts of our society and in high school and college sports. It is extremely concerning to us and this investigation lets us get that message out.”
09-30-2007 07:34 PM
And from another article:
Web sites that advertised steroid powder are still under investigation. Robertson said the largest distributors would be targeted.
Federal agents are also trying to identify tens of thousands of buyers through shipping, financial and e-mail records and say they plan to pursue many of them.
“We haven’t even scrubbed the surface yet,” one investigator said. “We’re essentially dismantling the industry.”
Personally i just dont see this happening. Scare-tactic...i say
09-30-2007 07:36 PM
"Steroids of all drugs" meh what the hell, steroids are no worse or better than any other drug, it's freedom of choice! I was just as angry with Operation Web Tryp. The only thing I'm wondering is who's next.
09-30-2007 07:46 PM
Interesting. I'm so irritated on the universal kits. No one else makes a transdermal like their pGH-t, which was completely legal. I can't seem to find a source for GABOB yet, or else i'd just make my own
09-30-2007 08:33 PM
Let me explain a thing or two to you guys.
There has been major attention to ALL discussion boards of this nature.
This board in particular happened to be mentioned in the UK issue.
This brings negative attention to this board from the LE and DEA and other authorities.
This board is a business for the owner. This is his livelihood. This attention puts his livelihood at risk. This attention puts many members livelihood and freedom at risk.
Please understand that from a business aspect having open discussion is a liability. The liability being that it brings negative attention to the business.
For now the ability to openly discuss the use of anabolic steroids and ancillaries is still acceptable. For now. Discussion of this LE/DEA issue on this board does nothing positive to keep the current freedom that we have here to discuss things openly.
I would ask all members to discontinue these sort of posts. I understand the issue that some have with the LE, the DEA and our government. This is not a suggestion that you are not entitled to your opinion. This is also not censorship. This is business.
Thank you for understanding and for your continued support and adherence to this and potential forthcoming policies and posting rules.
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