Anabolic steroids accounted for almost half of all counterfeit and illegal medicines seized by government officials in Ireland according to the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). The quantity of muscle-building drugs intercepted has escalated dramatically over the past three years prompting concern among public health officials.
Karl Murray, a New Zealand pro cyclist and coach, has been suspended for eight years after testing positive for the beta-adrenergic agonist clenbuterol last year. The lengthy eight-year suspension was applied due to Murray's history of anti-doping rules violations since 2013.
Chris Caplinger, a former cop who worked for the Edmond Police Department for 20 years before retiring in 2004, was identified as the head of [the Vis Vires] drug trafficking organization, which manufactured and distributed anabolic steroids, in a federal grand jury indictment filed on March 20, 2018. The indictment revealed additional details about the Vis Vires underground laboratory operation.
Melissa Sclafani went into business with Tyler Baumann (aka @musclehead320) to run a tanning salon called Wicked Tan LLC according to corporate records but in reality it was merely a front to launder money for an underground laboratory (UGL) that manufactured counterfeit anabolic steroids under the Onxy Pharmaceuticals label. Sclafani is now going to prison for her ill-fated decision to partner with a guy who called himself musclehead320.
John Verstraete, an osteopathic doctor who operated an HIV/AIDS specialty clinic in Kansas City, moonlighted as a black market source for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (hGH). Verstraete admitted illegally selling millions of dollars worth of pharmaceutical hGH and imported anabolic steroids to bodybuilders with no legitimate medical need for the drugs.
IFBB pro Nimai Delgado, a mens physique competitor best known for his vegan advocacy and activism, denied ever using anabolic steroids in a recent interview with Maria Chiorando of Plant Based News published on April 18, 2018
Rich Finch is a bodybuilder who should never have used anabolic steroids. While every bodybuilder who obtains black market androgens faces some level of legal risk, few steroid users have been as careless as Finch when it comes to keeping his steroid stash safe. Finch was just begging police to come and arrest him for steroid possession.
Chris Young and Tracy Robinson, the operators of the UK domestic UGL known as Wildcat Research Laboratories, were sentenced to 9 years and 3 years imprisonment, respectively. The prison time did not represent punishment solely for steroid manufacturing and trafficking. It also represented punishment for defrauding the UK government and its taxpayers.
Lance Armstrong, the professional cyclist who won seven Tour de France races before being unceremoniously stripped of his titles for doping, has settled a $100 million whistleblower lawsuit for pennies on the dollar. Armstrong promised to pay the United States government only $5 million to resolve the civil lawsuit.
The UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) is planning to deputize dogs to help it catch steroid-using athletes. UKADs human doping control officers have been so inept at countering doping in sports that theyve apparently concluded that even dogs could do a better job. Well, maybe not.