Monday, August 01, 2011
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh, PA
A French bodybuilder waived indictment this morning in federal court in Pittsburgh and pleaded guilty to distributing anabolic steroids supplied from China and shipped from Tennessee to an undercover agent in Pittsburgh posing as a customer.
Karim Mourahib, 30, appeared before U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose and admitted that he imported illegal injectable steroids, distributed them in the U.S. through online orders in France and then wired money back to Chinese sources. The steroids were shipped to Chattanooga, Tenn., where four men are under investigation in connection with the distribution ring.
The case began in April 2010, when an undercover Food and Drug Administration agent - a former Pittsburgh police officer - contacted an e-mail address used by Mr. Mourahib to sell steroids, according to an FDA affidavit. The agent began a correspondence that led to controlled purchases and deliveries to a Pittsburgh undercover address.
The shipments were traced to Tennessee, where agents set up surveillance on a man named Jordan Robbs, who is one of the four under investigation in that state. The IRS also tracked the wire transfer payments to China, where the affidavit identifies the source as Tingwin Wang of Shanghai.
Mr. Mourahib was arrested in Miami in September on a visit to the United States. He is being held in federal custody pending sentencing in November. Monday, August 1, 2011
By Calvin Trice, Waynesboro, NJ
A local judge ordered three Waynesboro men to each serve two months in jail for having illegal steroids that police accused them of selling as part of a local ring. Police nabbed Troy Dwain Cox, 47, in two separate stings this year in which they monitored an informant as he bought anabolic steroids from Cox, according to statements in Waynesboro Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Cox was part of a local ring along with Matthew McClamroch, 21, and 29-year-old Richard Stokes whose members were charged with selling the performance-enhancing drug this year, said Capt. Kelly Walker, of the Waynesboro Police Department. The trio were arrested in May and each charged with two counts of making and distributing steroids.
On Wednesday Judge Humes J. Franklin Jr. accepted a plea deal Cox agreed to with Commonwealth's Attorney Charles P. Ajemian that reduced one of his charges to misdemeanor possession of steroids. His agreement was identical to those provided Wednesday to McClamroch and Stokes, court records show. The judge convicted each one for the misdemeanor possession count and sentenced them to 12 months in prison with 10 suspended. They must also serve two years of probation, according to court records. Franklin found enough evidence to convict each man on the felony count, but will withhold judgment until the end of their probation terms. With good behavior and compliance with probation terms, Ajemian agreed that he'll drop that charge against the three.Saturday, July 30, 2011
By Austin L. Miller, Ocala, FL
Dunnellon police officers arrested two men Friday after finding methamphetamine, chemicals used to make the drug, steroids and other drug paraphernalia inside a vehicle, according to officials.
While conducting a traffic detail in the 11100 block of N. Williams Street in Dunnellon, officers said they stopped a silver four-door Lincoln after the tag showed the vehicle’s registered owner had a Marion County arrest warrant. Sgt. Jacob Gonzalez said he stopped the vehicle and asked the driver, Terry L. Arnold, if he knew the owner, to which he said yes. However, the was not in the vehicle. Gonzalez called for back up, after which officials discovered Arnold’s driver’s license had been suspended since May for being a habitual traffic offender. Officers said they asked the passenger in the vehicle, Sean W. Wilder, to exit the Lincoln. Wilder was also arrested.
Searching the vehicle, officers said they found a Gatorade bottle that contained meth, a pair of white socks that contained four syringes and five vials of anabolic steroids, five boxes of Sudafed, a Zippo butane fuel bottle, and four coffee filters that contained meth.
Arnold, 37, and Wilder, 30, faces several charges, including possession of meth, possession of anabolic steroids and possession of meth precursor chemicals.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Body-building police officer found in possession of steroids thrown out of force
Daily Mail Reporter
A police officer has been sacked after using steroids to help build his body. Northumbria fired custody sergeant Darren Towers, 41, for gross misconduct after admitting to using the class C drug. Towers, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, was arrested last year and charged with conspiracy to supply steroids after a stash of drugs was hound at his home. He was subsequently cleared of drug dealing and misconduct in public office after a trial a Newcastle Crown Court in December.
But the force conducted its own misconduct proceedings against towers, despite him being found not guilty. His dismissal comes after an investigation by the force’s counter-corruption unit into his behavior outside the workplace. A police spokesman said: Northumbria police expects that officers and staff adhere to the highest possible standards of professional conduct.
“Where those standards fall below the required level, we always take robust action. “Following the court case, the evidence was reviewed and a decision was taken that there was still a case to answer for gross misconduct.” An internal investigation was carried out and a hearing took place form July 11 to July 13. The outcome in this case was finding a gross misconduct and Towers has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect.”
He had been suspended from duty since his arrest in June last year. He admitted using steroids but insisted they were for personal use, whish is legal. During his trial, he said he began to use them as a form of contraceptive in the 1990s. He stopped when he and his wife wanted to stat a family. He admitted that he started using them again when he began training for bodybuilding competitions in 2006.
Tuesday July 19, 2011
Pharmacist’s career cut short after dispensing $30,000 of steroids to lone customer
By Tony Keim
The Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal (QCAT) was told Jeffrey James Brenton continued to supply a customer with steroids between January 2006 and July 2008 despite knowing the quantity "dispensed to the customer had the potential to be misused or abused".QCAT deputy president Judge Fluer Kingham, in a five-page written decision that has just been published , said Mr Brenton, despite having his suspicions aroused, continued to supply the drug even after making inquiries about the quantity being supplied with the "dispensing doctor" on "more than one occasion".
Details of the case came to light when the Pharmacy Board of Australia commenced disciplinary action against Mr Brenton for allegedly dispensing restricted drugs in excessive quantities.QCAT, in its findings that were handed down late last month, approved an undertaking given by Mr Brenton, now aged in his 70s, that he would not seek to renew his registration as a pharmacist.
It was also ordered Mr Brenton pay the Pharmacy Board's costs for the proceedings against him.Judge Kingham said: "Mr Brenton has been a pharmacist for some 50 years ... (and) in that time he has managed seven pharmacies, owned and operated two and dispensed for two hospitals."After such a lengthy career, apparently without any other transgression, it is regrettable it has ended this way."Judge Kingham said Mr Brenton was working in a Queensland regional centre when he supplied steroids, a restricted drug, to a customer at a frequency and in quantities that made it unlikely they were used for a therapeutic purpose."The steroids (Mr Brenton) dispensed to the customer had the potential to be misused or abused ... (and) their retail value was approximately $30,000," Judge Kingham said."Given Mr Brenton's lengthy service as a pharmacist, it was not surprising that his suspicions were aroused when the customer sought steroids on consecutive days or within a few days of the last transaction."It is to Mr Brenton's credit that he inquired of the dispensing doctor, and on more than one occasion."However, she said the pharmacist's failure rested in his response to "well founded concerns" about the frequency of the customer's constant "presentation'' for more steroids."Mr Brenton cannot cast off his responsibility by relying on reassurances from the doctor that the patient knows what he is doing and can handle it."
"His continued inquiry (with the doctor) indicates his appreciation that the dispensing was unusual and most likely improper."arJudge Kingham said Mr Brenton's conduct fell below the standard expected by his “peers and the public"."(Mr Brenton) provided health services which were excessive, unnecessary or not reasonably required for the patient's wellbeing."These findings establish that Mr Brenton engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct."Presumably the Medical Board of Australia has been informed of the doctor's part in these events and appropriate action has or is being taken against him."
Friday, July 15, 2011
Four people charged over alleged steroid supply- Gang Squad
NSW Police Force
Gangs Squad including Strike Force Raptor have charged five people over the alleged supply of prohibited and restricted substances by Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and associates. Between 12.50pm and 7.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 14 July, 2011), officers executed search warrants at five locations including a business premises at Castle Hill, a residential unit at Castle Hill, a pharmacy at Kogarah, a residential unit at Waterloo and a house in Blacktown.
Strike Force Observer was established in December 2010 to investigate the alleged supply of prohibited drugs and prescribed restricted substances in the Castle Hill area by OMCG members and associates.
The operation follows a number of controlled operations previously conducted by Strike Force Observer detectives. A total of four people were arrested yesterday including a 66-year-old man as well as a 54-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man at a business premises at Castle Hill and a 28-year-old male member of the Hells Angels OMCG at a home in Blacktown.
During the warrant at the Castle Hill business premises, police located and seized over $29,000 cash and a quantity of steroids inside. Police also located and seized 2000 individual items of various steroids and restricted substances in a storage shed at Castle Hill.
During the warrant at the Blacktown home, police located and seized stolen Defence Force property, along with a butterfly knife and steroids.
The following charges have been laid by police:
• 66-year-old man charged at Castle Hill Police Station with supplying a restricted substance, knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime and supply unregistered/unlisted therapeutic goods by retail. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on today.
• 54-year-old woman charged at Castle Hill Police Station with supplying unregistered/unlisted goods, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime and supplying restricted substance. She was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.
• 25-year-old man charged at Castle Hill Police Station with possess anabolic steroid and was given conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on 4 August.
• 28-year-old Hells Angels member charged at St Marys Police Station with possess prohibited weapon, goods in custody and possess anabolic steroids. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court on 11 August 2011.
Friday, July 15, 2011
57 doctors linked to pharmacy in steroids, oxycodone investigation
MARTIN COUNTY - In about six months, 10,774 orders of anabolic-androgenic steroids and human growth hormone left Treasure Coast Specialty Pharmacy in Jensen Beach. The prescriptions, dispensed between Oct. 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, came from 57 doctors, according to a Florida Department of Health order to shut down the pharmacy, located at 1114 Jensen Beach Blvd.
In its emergency suspension order of the pharmacy's permit, the Health Department states that 30 of the doctors practice in Florida, and one wrote more than 4,400 of the prescriptions. Two other doctors prescribed the steroids, generallys used for building lean muscle, for themselves. But officials do not identify the doctors, except by initials. And Jennifer Hirst, a spokeswoman in Tallahassee, would not say if charges have been pressed against them, but indicated the investigation is ongoing. Officials shut down the pharmacy on June 28 after a joint investigation by the Department of Health and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
They say the local business was one of the largest steroids suppliers in the country, and that it was part of an Internet network that saw it ship controlled substances to buyers in the continental United States and even overseas to Guam, the Virgin Islands, Finland and Canada. Health officials said the Treasure Coast Specialty Pharmacy was licensed to do business in 48 states, but not New York and North Carolina. But between October 2010 and March 2011, officials said the company shipped prescription medication to 387 patients in New York and 32 in North Carolina.
A DEA investigator conducted an investigation of the pharmacy in March 2010 and found that the majority of doctors prescribing steroids lived in states different than their patients. The investigator pulled nearly 1,000 records, according to the suspension order.
"Physicians who have never examined patients are signing prescriptions that are presented to them for signature, based on orders that patients have placed over the Internet," investigators said. "Physicians sign the prescriptions without examining the patients and without determining whether the quantities and dosages of the anabolic-androgenic steroids and (human growth hormone) are medically appropriate."
The scheme seemed to work seamlessly that two Internet businesses formed relationships with physicians and Treasure Coast Specialty Pharmacy, Ms. Hirst said. mTreasure Coast Specialty Pharmacy belongs to Peter Del Toro, a licensed pharmacist, who owns and operates the business. He employed four other pharmacists, but distributed about 85 percent of medication, authorities said. Mr. Del Toro was not available for comment by press time, but investigators said the wrongdoing was companywide, and "not limited to one pharmacist or employee, but instead (had) permeated the entire pharmacy and all its staff."
"Mr. Del Toro knows or should know that the prescriptions for anabolic-androgenic steroids and (human growth hormone) that are supplied to Treasure Coast for fulfillment are signed by physicians who are often not located in the same states as the patients seeking medications, and that physicians have not established a physician-patient relationship with the patients," the order stated.An undercover investigation also found pharmacy staff failing to conduct proper verifications of prescriptions, and officials said the company improperly dispensed thousands of orders, many of which were for oxycodone - a drug that has become a favorite on the black market.