Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nationwide Steroid Investigation Nets Local Firefighter

An investigation into a nationwide steroid trafficking operation landed a local firefighter in jail.

Others arrested included professional bodybuilders, gym owners, personal trainers and pharmacists. They are charged with manufacturing, selling and possessing steroids, human growth hormone, Ecstasy and other prescription drugs.

The arrests came after authorities found several labs in Fort Bend and Harris counties outside Houston, where steroids were manufactured from chemicals smuggled from China. Other steroids and drugs were smuggled to Texas from Mexico, Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright said.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson said Charles Falkenhagen illegally imported human growth hormone from a Chinese pharmaceutical company. Falkenhagen ran a fitness center in Sugar Land, a Houston suburb in Fort Bend County.

A federal grand jury indicted Falkenhagen and 21 others on 46 counts in April related to the operation, ranging from smuggling human growth hormone, money laundering, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy and other charges, Johnson said. Source: Killeen Daily Herald

There have been a number of steroid trafficking arrests nationwide in the past few days. Some are probably related to this story, others might just be coincidence. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few pro athletes or other "upstanding" citizens ensnared in this.

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