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    "Operation Raw Deal" 56 labs busted + YOUR name in database
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    'Roids raids
    By Josh Peter, Yahoo! Sports
    September 24, 2007

    An international investigation code-named Operation Raw Deal carried out the last four days could produce the next steroids scandal in sports – and perhaps the biggest yet.

    The undercover operation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the seizure of massive amounts of anabolic steroids from an illegal, underground network and the ability to identify hundreds of thousands of people who received steroids and other substances used by some athletes as performance-enhancing drugs, a DEA spokesman told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.

    Most of the raids took place in the United States, and the DEA called the steroids crackdown the largest in U.S. history. DEA offices in New York and San Diego provided lead guidance during an investigation that resulted in 124 arrests and seizures at 56 labs across the country. Investigators also seized 71 weapons, 27 pill presses, 25 vehicles and three boats, but the coveted item was illegal drugs, and the DEA said it intercepted a staggering quantity.

    Also, federal officials are creating a database of names of the people who received steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and other drugs banned by most sports leagues and athletic associations, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said.

    "I have no information about any athletes yet," Payne said when asked about the names in the database and others implicated in the case. But he acknowledged the possibility of athletes being linked to the investigation that focused largely on steroids, HGH and other drugs being manufactured by Chinese companies and flooding the U.S. market.

    "Of course, performance-enhancing drugs are an issue right now," Payne told Yahoo! Sports during a telephone interview. "They're in the news, and they're in the news because there have been athletes that have been tied to them. We know that's what this story is."

    Steroids, HGH and other drugs seized in the raids promote muscle growth and speed recovery from injury, and athletes have used them despite the risk of suspensions and permanent bans from sport.

    Whether Major League Baseball, the NFL and other sports bodies can gain access to the database and search for athletes who received substances banned by the respective sports organizations will be up to top officials at the Justice Department and DEA, according to Payne.

    "Anything is possible," he said.

    Typically, DEA investigations focus on drug suppliers and dealers. But now that the DEA has the ability to identify the largest numbers of people who received illegal shipments of drugs during Operation Raw Deal, Payne said, "If you are one of those people, you could get a knock at your door."


    U.S. officials enlisted the help of China and eight other countries in an investigation that targeted more than 35 Chinese companies that produce raw materials used to make steroids and HGH, and in some cases finished product, sold illegally on the global underground network, Payne said.

    China has emerged as the leading supplier of illicit steroids and HGH since the DEA began targeting Mexico suppliers two years ago. U.S. authorities said the operation that shut down steroids manufacturers in Mexico temporarily cut into the supply in the United States, but Chinese suppliers stepped in.

    Last week, Yahoo! Sports obtained documents that showed HGH imported from China was seized in the Signature Pharmacy scandal. High-profile athletes linked to that investigation, launched by the district attorney in Albany County, N.Y., include baseball players Rick Ankiel, Gary Matthews Jr., Troy Glaus and Jay Gibbons; NFL safety Rodney Harrison; boxer Evander Holyfield; and a dozen pro wrestlers.

    The role of Chinese companies in supplying steroids to the underground market figures to be sensitive for China considering the country will play host to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in August. But the investigation could prove even more damaging to the world of sports.

    Major League Baseball has scrambled to control recent news leaks of players connected to the Signature scandal. Last week, an arbitration panel upheld the results that showed American cyclist Floyd Landis used synthetic testosterone during his riveting comeback victory in the 2006 Tour de France. And for months, during his successful quest to overtake Hank Aaron as baseball's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds reignited controversy from a steroids scandal that stemmed from a 2003 raid of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) that ensnared Bonds and several other well-known athletes.

    On Monday, the sports world will learn of the latest potential bombshell. Officials are scheduled to announce details of Operation Raw Deal during news conferences in New York and San Diego.

    Investigators hauled in countless bags and boxes loaded with steroids that have a street value potentially exceeding $50 million, Payne said. The stockpile included 11.4 million doses of steroids, which based on the 0.5 milliliter per dose used by the DEA for calculations, amounts to about 570,000 vials that each hold 10 milliliters.

    Payne said he had no figures for the amount of HGH and other drugs seized in an operation that involved the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center.

    "These buyers are solely motivated by a desire to gain an unfair competitive advantage by using illegal performance-enhancing substances," said Terry Vermillion, Director of the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, in a statement provided to Yahoo! Sports.

    But Payne said rather than catching athletes who use banned drugs, the objective was to stanch the flow of illegal steroids and other drugs into the U.S. Most of the drugs seized in the investigation were cooked up "in filthy conditions with no regard to safety," according to the DEA.

    The Internet has emerged as a popular source for those seeking performance-enhancing drugs without the required prescription, prompting Operation Raw Deal to employ a four-pronged strategy. The investigation targeted U.S.-based websites that distribute materials such as conversion kits necessary to turn raw steroid powders into finished product; Internet body building discussion boards that teach individuals how to use, locate, and discreetly purchase steroids; raw material manufacturers and suppliers in China and other countries; and underground steroids labs in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Other countries involved in the coordinated international crackdown included Belgium, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Thailand.

    "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 DEA administrator, said in a statement.

    In addition to steroids and HGH, the operation targeted Insulin Growth Factor and underground trafficking of ancillary and counterfeit medications. Other drugs seized included cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and Viagra.

    The DEA lauded Chinese officials for their participation in the effort, but whether China disciplines the manufacturers or discloses information remains to be seen. U.S. officials provided Chinese authorities with information packets about more than 35 Chinese companies that allegedly supplied raw materials for steroids, HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs and are involved in the illicit underground trade around the world. But U.S. officials will withhold the names of those companies in deference to China.

    DEA officials said they launched the operation in large part because of health risks in taking drugs that often are mislabeled. The potential side effects include strokes, liver damage and heart disease, experts say.

    Though the impact of Operation Raw Deal on sports remains uncertain, the DEA's work is not done when it comes to a crackdown on the illegal trafficking of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, Payne said.

    "This is not a case with a beginning and an end," he said. "I like to look at it more as an initiative.

    "This is a huge initiative."
    Armageddon for athletes
    By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
    September 24, 2007
    They kicked in doors and seized computers. They raided laboratories in Mexico and operated in China. All around the globe they hauled in evidence and hauled off handcuffed criminals.

    Over the past four days, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal authorities, in conjunction with nine other countries ranging from Canada to Thailand, unleashed a furious series of raids in "Operation Raw Deal." It was an 18-month effort to curb the global trade of anabolic steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs.

    The DEA is calling it an unmitigated success, their largest steroids enforcement effort ever.

    For the world of sports, it represents both the best- and worst-case scenarios in the fight against drug cheats. It is a potential historic breakthrough toward busting the offenders and cleaning up the games, but also a possible Armageddon of worst fears realized considering the scope of what might be discovered. The DEA says that due to the massive amount of evidence collected, they will be able to compile a centralized list and database of all the people linked to the case.

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    Not just the dealers and distributors, but everyone who purchased or received even a single shipment of some kind of performance-enhancing drug linked to this investigation in the United States in the last two years.

    The list, a DEA spokesperson said, should contain "hundreds of thousands of names."

    For the major professional sports organizations such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball that list is both a dream come true and a potential nightmare.

    Never before has so much evidence been collected. The list is exponentially longer than anything ever previously compiled. While, undoubtedly, it isn't the complete tally of every American involved in this, it is significant. And since the feds aren't even remotely done with the investigation, the list should grow in time.

    The database could become the ultimate tool for the NFL and MLB. The leagues could input the names of players, trainers, team doctors, coaches and so on and see what hits.

    Rather than the slow drip of leaked names and individual cases that have come to represent the fight against doping, this could be a tidal wave of busts, one giant cleansing of sport.

    While the majority of the names on the federal list will have nothing to do with professional sports – amateur body builders or doctors catering to the elderly – common sense says some will be professional athletes.

    How many is the question.

    The potential numbers here are staggering, the potential impact difficult to fathom. This isn't a BALCO investigation, the busting of a single California lab which netted a couple dozen athletes yet still rocked sports to its core.

    This is far greater. It is an opportunity to find out just how widespread doping is in American sports. Consider baseball: Is it five percent of the 1,500 Major League players? 15 percent? 50 percent? The worst-case scenarios are chilling. This is no longer about whether a handful of top players might get caught, although that alone could be devastating. It's about possibly finding out almost no one is legit.

    What the leagues would do with the names and information is up to them. MLB might have trouble punishing anyone. Players deserve a presumption of innocence, retroactive punishments can be difficult and the powerful union likely would argue that receiving a shipment of steroids or HGH does not prove it was used.

    The NFL, though, has already established a strict precedent. Its law-and-order commissioner, Roger Goodell, recently suspended New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison for four games not for failing a drug test, but simply for receiving a batch of HGH. That's known as a non-analytical positive, meaning he was found guilty without scientific proof of use.

    If the NFL applies the same standard to every name that comes up, the suspension list could be staggering. One crooked team doctor could crush an entire season.

    For Goodell, Selig, Olympics officials and others, pursuing that unknown truth is a mighty risk. But it is a risk they must take if they are to maintain any credibility on doping matters.

    There is no choice, nowhere to hide. They can’t blame players unions for stopping them. Even if the government tries to be uncooperative and refuses to share the evidence, there is a clear path to strong-arming them.

    Back in 2003, when the feds uncovered the athletes in the BALCO case, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency made an appeal for the details.

    The Justice Department, however, rejected the request, claiming it was privileged information. But USADA, eager to do all it could to send a clean American team to the 2004 Athens Olympics, turned to Arizona Senator John McCain. He subpoenaed the information and handed it over.

    If it comes to it, the NFL, MLB and others must do the same, they must take this as seriously as USADA at the first opportunity. McCain is running for President and almost certainly would welcome the significant publicity of championing the cause of cleaning up sports.

    If for some reason he doesn't, there assuredly are other politicians who will.

    The leagues have long thrown up their hands at trying to police this shady international underworld. They've claimed they are as diligent as possible given their limited resources. But deep down there was a measure of relief at not being able to discover the extent of the doping.

    Well, the DEA may have done it for them.

    Suddenly, here is the break that the leagues claimed publicly they always wanted, but privately must have feared.

    Here comes the truth now, in all its potentially devastating, embarrassing and necessary glory. Hundreds of thousands of names linked to this stuff? How many of them play in the NFL, how many in MLB? How many are Olympians?

    There's no excuse now but to find out.
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    'Raw Deal' busts labs across U.S., many supplied by China
    NEW YORK -- In a four-day series of daylight raids that ended Sunday, Drug Enforcement Administration agents shut down 26 underground steroid labs and made more than 50 arrests across the country, capping what agents are calling the largest performance-enhancing drug crackdown in U.S. history. The DEA also has identified 37 Chinese factories that purportedly supplied the raw materials for the labs, a DEA spokesman told ESPN.

    The raids capped an 18-month probe that has netted a total of 124 arrests in 27 states and closed 56 labs. The agency also seized $6.5 million and 532 pounds of raw steroid powder -- 308 pounds of it in the past week. Most of the raids took place in quiet suburban neighborhoods.

    The investigation also focused on message boards where advice is traded about obtaining raw materials, as well as on the Web sites that help the labs sell finished products to the public. Hundreds of thousands of e-mails were intercepted, according to Dan Simmons, a San Diego-based special agent for the DEA. Simmons said that no professional athletes have been implicated so far but that the e-mails are being compiled into a massive database of names and are being analyzed.

    "I don't think we even know what we have yet," he said. "There's no part of the country that wasn't impacted by this."

    The crackdown, dubbed "Raw Deal," grew out of a 2005 operation targeting eight Mexican labs that were responsible for 80 percent of America's underground steroid trade. Several large Chinese factories had been supplying the Mexican labs. When the Mexican labs were closed in what came to be known as "Operation Gear Grinder," those Chinese factories redirected their pipeline to the U.S.

    "We came to find that 99.9 percent of the steroids in the U.S. were coming from China," Simmons said.

    Drug agents in Mexico, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Thailand cooperated in the Raw Deal probe, setting up shell companies to order the raw materials. They also focused on the makers of kits that help underground drugmakers turn raw materials into sellable drugs.

    "This wasn't us going after one organization," said Rusty Payne, a DEA spokesman in Washington, D.C. "We went after lots of little cells. There's no one ringleader."

    In Westbury, N.Y., the DEA raided the home of an unidentified 38-year-old resident who had boxes of Chinese steroid powder stacked in his garage beside a shiny white Corvette. Agents carted away an estimated 800,000 doses of steroids from the Long Island home, which was described as newly renovated with flat-screen TVs in every room. A lab in the Midwest was so coated with steroid powder that agents said they created footprints in the living room when they entered.

    "We want 17-year-olds to know that the stuff they're buying on the Internet isn't what they think," Payne said. "A lot of the time, what they're putting in their body has been mixed in someone's dirty kitchen sink."

    In a tragic turn, the subject of another raid in the New York area committed suicide last week after being arraigned on charges of conspiracy and money laundering, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the death. No further information was immediately available.

    It is unclear what impact the case will have in China, where the Chinese government is preparing for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Already reeling from a series of food and drug scandals that led to the execution of the head of its state Food and Drug Administration earlier this year, the government has promised the cleanest Olympic Games in history. But it is also keenly aware that performance-enhancing drugs are a source of great profit. The World Anti-Doping Administration estimates that Chinese factories are responsible for as much as 70-80 percent of a $600 million black market in human growth hormone, or up to $480 million worldwide, annually.

    Simmons said he and other agents traveled to Beijing to brief their Chinese counterparts in February and handed over information on 10 labs. Since then, he said, the DEA has received information about only one of those 10 being closed. The government reportedly has floated several reform proposals, including banning steroids in pharmacies around Beijing and lowering export quotas to stem the flow of steroids and HGH. But so far, no definitive steps appear to have been taken.

    "We're keeping the Chinese in the loop and asking them to do the same," Simmons said.

    The DEA is particularly eager to stem the flow of Chinese HGH, which is not approved for sale in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration. Because it often sells illegally for one-third the price of approved brands, Chinese-made growth hormone is proving irresistible for anti-aging clinics and pharmacies that specialize in making generic drugs.

    In a separate probe, the Albany, N.Y., district attorney has indicted more than two dozen doctors and pharmacists for running bogus prescription mills for HGH and, in so doing, has helped reveal the widespread use of HGH in sports. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel and New England Patriots defensive back Rodney Harrison are among those who have acknowledged getting prescriptions from the main pharmacy in the Albany case, Signature of Orlando. Ankiel insists he received a legitimate prescription while rehabbing from elbow surgery in 2004.

    Albany prosecutors have met with officials from Major League Baseball and the NFL, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has remarked that he has no reason to believe any other player will be linked to HGH. But the existence of a separate, and much larger, roster of names in Operation Raw Deal is certain to create a new round of concern.

    Simmons said the DEA intends to share the Raw Deal names with other law enforcement agencies and Congress. He also said the agency expects to be making arrests based on the evidence for months, if not years.

    "In Gear Grinder, we didn't target the end user," he said. "Now, we have investigative leads everywhere."


    News conferences about the operation are scheduled for Monday in Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I.; San Diego; Houston; and New York.
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    So what the DEA gave up on the war on drugs when it comes to coke and weed so they turn more and more to steroids? Boy i'll say this as big as steroid use may be i still don't know any one in my city that got killed over a steroid turf war but sure cant say the same for the good old hard core drugs that have been getting people killed for years and years now. My question who in the DEA decides what the priority of the day is? You know coke and heroin that kill people or get them killed or steroids that....do what to jeopardize public safety? I’m trying to think when the last time someone got killed in A drive by shooting over a steroid turf war cant think of one....JMO


    But never the less good post thanks for the info.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocko419
    My question who in the DEA decides what the priority of the day is?

    politics. this is a feather in someone's cap. that's how the game is played.

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    could this have a major impact on the availability of steroids in the likes on thailand, china etc..i.e if you are goin on holidays there and plan on using while u are there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocko419
    So what the DEA gave up on the war on drugs when it comes to coke and weed so they turn more and more to steroids? .....
    When they realized the amount of money that was changing hands. This is fucked but its just the beginning. Youd be absolutely nuts to buy ANYTHING right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocko419
    So what the DEA gave up on the war on drugs when it comes to coke and weed so they turn more and more to steroids? Boy i'll say this as big as steroid use may be i still don't know any one in my city that got killed over a steroid turf war but sure cant say the same for the good old hard core drugs that have been getting people killed for years and years now. My question who in the DEA decides what the priority of the day is? You know coke and heroin that kill people or get them killed or steroids that....do what to jeopardize public safety? I’m trying to think when the last time someone got killed in A drive by shooting over a steroid turf war cant think of one....JMO


    But never the less good post thanks for the info.....
    Public attention has focused a lot on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) latley. Steroids in Sports has been all over the news. If LE can tap into that attention to make themselves look better they will.

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    Please tell me you bros are smart enough to keep your residence clean and not having to worry about anything like this coming to your doorsteps. DEA comes through my door they aren't going to find shit....nada.

    Maybe a body or two but that's about it.

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    online internet ordering basicly makes the authorities look like fools which is why it's so high profile at the mo....you can't order crack cocaine on the internet so it's much more hidden and less embarassing for the authorities...

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    guys, i'm sorry to tell that, but the more i read about us government actions, the more i can see, that the myth of USA being contry of free men and huge possibilities is GONE.

    i can tell that sitting in Poland, Europe where we don't have such restrictions in ANY matter of life. here, in Poland, USA were always seen as country of freedom, when we had totalitary system here.but now i can see it's over.

    sorry for the rant, but reading more and more info about USA government actions taken AGAINST it's own citizens is... hmmm - like the sad end of fairy tale.

    take care guys, and stay safe.

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    Why dont they start with the thousands of fucking cops and ETF that are currently taking steroids themselves... Fuckin cops are the biggest criminals and hypocrites of em all

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    I dunno, this sems like it will affect the bigger users and major dist/ manufat. I don't think they are gonna be nocking on the door of Johnny Poobut who had ordered a few cycles. It doesn't make economic sense to spend fesources for every little user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinacrackah
    Public attention has focused a lot on Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) latley. Steroids in Sports has been all over the news. If LE can tap into that attention to make themselves look better they will.

    Quote Originally Posted by MPPM
    politics. this is a feather in someone's cap. that's how the game is played.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky13
    online internet ordering basicly makes the authorities look like fools which is why it's so high profile at the mo....you can't order crack cocaine on the internet so it's much more hidden and less embarassing for the authorities...

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Balls
    I dunno, this sems like it will affect the bigger users and major dist/ manufat. I don't think they are gonna be nocking on the door of Johnny Poobut who had ordered a few cycles. It doesn't make economic sense to spend fesources for every little user.
    Ya all so true good points from all. And I don't keep stuff in the house myself. but OldBalls is right they will never be knocking on our doors theres 100's of thousands of guys who buy gear could never happen. To them is it more economic for them to bust the thousands and thousands of people who buy or the handfull of people who sell. So thats just me them knocking on my door is the last thing on my mind.
    lol I'm just thinking what are they going to get my 10 weeks worth of test and deca lol I'll fucking laugh if it ever did happen. Wow big bust today good work the world is a safer place by getting my fuew hundred dollars of test off the street..anyhow same old thing. Just rember steroids is big money just like other drugs it dont matter who they bust there will allways allways be someone new ready to get into the bizz it's been that way for years thats the way it works they will fight and fight and it will always be a loosing battle. And I understand that they need to put some attention on the subject with all thats going on with steroids but i still think it's such a waste to spend time on steroids which are taken by people trying to better them selves and working out in the gym and playing sports all harmless you know compared to all the crack heads killing themselves and killing there babies and doing drive by's and killing inocent people it's just fucking frustrating to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viceman316
    Why dont they start with the thousands of fucking cops and ETF that are currently taking steroids themselves... Fuckin cops are the biggest criminals and hypocrites of em all

    this picture epitamises the hypocricy of it all


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    nothing against ronnie personally. he has to play the game.

    and for the record - I'd prefer a geared up cop compared to a donut eating slob

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPPM
    nothing against ronnie personally. he has to play the game.

    and for the record - I'd prefer a geared up cop compared to a donut eating slob


    lol true that.

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    Any way to find out the labs that were busted in this whole thing?

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    I doubt if they would release names this early. that would give people who most need it time to clean their computers and get rid of evidence.

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    It would take a lot of money and effort to process any individual on the customer lists. They would have to prove you paid money and knowingly received steroids. I mean, 100 thousand of customers, thousands, sometimes millions of dollars to execute an actual case. It would cost billions to arrest all these people. I think this is most likely a scare tactic. Never hurts to play it safe though. Use encrypted e-mail. Keep your crib is clean. You should be cool.

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    What could happen if your name is on that list and they come knocking on your door but your house and computer are clean as a whistle?

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    Tobacco Industry Gave More Than $2.2 Million in Federal Political Contributions So Far in the 2003-2004 Election Cycle

    obviously we need a lobbying group in washington. until then I'll keep voting libertarian.
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    I just checked in on a very large open source board ive been a member at for almost 2 years and its completely disappeared.

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    Here's the link to the Washingtobn post regarding this operation;

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    [url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=topnews[/url]

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    Heres a tid bit I found.


    Steroids UG labs busted
    Filed under: Steroids and Anabolic Steroids — webmaster @ 8:56 am

    I guess kind of a sad day when the DEA/FDA concentrates on steroid dealers rather then the 200,000 tonnes of coke that come into USA /year , dont forget the Meth problem!!!

    the following labs/players have been busted:

    Genera Pharms (NOT GENERIC)
    Huma Labs
    API
    The Professor (this could be API)
    Vizion Pharms/Phoenix
    Samar
    SIUG
    Osoca
    Leo
    Samar Labs
    Phoenix Pharm, Aka Vision
    Powerline
    Pharm RXL
    Stallion
    Dpharm
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    *********************THE NEWS

    An international investigation code-named Operation Raw Deal that culminated in the last four days could produce the next steroids scandal in sports – and perhaps the biggest yet.

    The undercover operation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the seizure of massive amounts of anabolic steroids from an illegal, underground network and the ability to identify hundreds of thousands of people who received steroids and other substances used by some athletes as performance-enhancing drugs, a DEA spokesman told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.

    Most of the raids took place in the United States, and the DEA called the steroids crackdown the largest in U.S. history. DEA offices in New York and San Diego provided lead guidance during an investigation that resulted in 124 arrests and seizures at 56 labs across the country. Investigators also seized 71 weapons, 27 pill presses, 25 vehicles and three boats, but the coveted item was illegal drugs, and the DEA said it intercepted a staggering quantity.

    Also, federal officials are creating a database of names of the people who received steroids, human growth hormone (HGH) and other drugs banned by most sports leagues and athletic associations, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said.

    OPERATION RAW DEAL

    The Drug Enforcement Administration led a massive, undercover operation that targeted the illegal importation and distribution of steroids, human growth hormone and other medications. A primary source of the illicit drugs was coming from Chinese manufacturers.

    Countries involved in the operation:

    United States
    (26 states)
    China
    Mexico
    Canada
    Belgium

    Australia
    Germany
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Thailand

    “I have no information about any athletes yet,” Payne said when asked about the names in the database and others implicated in the case. But he acknowledged the possibility of athletes being linked to the investigation that focused largely on steroids, HGH and other drugs being manufactured by Chinese companies and flooding the U.S. market.

    “Of course, performance-enhancing drugs are an issue right now,” Payne told Yahoo! Sports during a telephone interview. “They’re in the news, and they’re in the news because there have been athletes that have been tied to them. We know that’s what this story is.”

    Steroids, HGH and other drugs seized in the raids promote muscle growth and speed recovery from injury, and athletes have used them despite the risk of suspensions and permanent bans from sport.

    Whether Major League Baseball, the NFL and other sports bodies can gain access to the database and search for athletes who received substances banned by the respective sports organizations will be up to top officials at the Justice Department and DEA, according to Payne.

    “Anything is possible,” he said.

    Typically, DEA investigations focus on drug suppliers and dealers. But now that the DEA has the ability to identify the largest numbers of people who received illegal shipments of drugs during Operation Raw Deal, Payne said, “If you are one of those people, you could get a knock at your door.”

    U.S. officials enlisted the help of China and eight other countries in an investigation that targeted more than 35 Chinese companies that produce raw materials used to make steroids and HGH, and in some cases finished product, sold illegally on the global underground network, Payne said.

    China has emerged as the leading supplier of illicit steroids and HGH since the DEA began targeting Mexico suppliers two years ago. U.S. authorities said the operation that shut down steroids manufacturers in Mexico temporarily cut into the supply in the United States, but Chinese suppliers stepped in.

    Last week, Yahoo! Sports obtained documents that showed HGH imported from China was seized in the Signature Pharmacy scandal. High-profile athletes linked to that investigation, launched by the district attorney in Albany County, N.Y., include baseball players Rick Ankiel, Gary Matthews Jr., Troy Glaus and Jay Gibbons; NFL safety Rodney Harrison; boxer Evander Holyfield; and a dozen pro wrestlers.

    A steroid lab seized on Long Island, N.Y., as part of Operation Raw Deal.

    (Photo courtesy DEA)

    The role of Chinese companies in supplying steroids to the underground market figures to be sensitive for China considering the country will play host to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in August. But the investigation could prove even more damaging to the world of sports.

    Major League Baseball has scrambled to control recent news leaks of players connected to the Signature scandal. Last week, an arbitration panel upheld the results that showed American cyclist Floyd Landis used synthetic testosterone during his riveting comeback victory in the 2006 Tour de France. And for months, during his successful quest to overtake Hank Aaron as baseball’s all-time home run king, Barry Bonds reignited controversy from a steroids scandal that stemmed from a 2003 raid of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) that ensnared Bonds and several other well-known athletes.

    On Monday, the sports world will learn of the latest potential bombshell. Officials are scheduled to announce details of Operation Raw Deal during news conferences in New York and San Diego.

    Investigators hauled in countless bags and boxes loaded with steroids that have a street value potentially exceeding $50 million, Payne said. The stockpile included 11.4 million doses of steroids, which based on the 0.5 milliliter per dose used by the DEA for calculations, amounts to about 570,000 vials that each hold 10 milliliters.

    PRIMARY DRUGS SEIZED

    • Anabolic steroids
    • Human growth hormone
    • Human chorionic gonadotropin: used to stimulate natural production of testosterone
    • Insulin growth factor 1: A protein that enhances muscle growth

    Payne said he had no figures for the amount of HGH and other drugs seized in an operation that involved the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center.

    “These buyers are solely motivated by a desire to gain an unfair competitive advantage by using illegal performance-enhancing substances,” said Terry Vermillion, Director of the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, in a statement provided to Yahoo! Sports.

    But Payne said rather than catching athletes who use banned drugs, the objective was to stanch the flow of illegal steroids and other drugs into the U.S. Most of the drugs seized in the investigation were cooked up “in filthy conditions with no regard to safety,” according to the DEA.

    The Internet has emerged as a popular source for those seeking performance-enhancing drugs without the required prescription, prompting Operation Raw Deal to employ a four-pronged strategy. The investigation targeted U.S.-based websites that distribute materials such as conversion kits necessary to turn raw steroid powders into finished product; Internet body building discussion boards that teach individuals how to use, locate, and discreetly purchase steroids; raw material manufacturers and suppliers in China and other countries; and underground steroids labs in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    DEA agents and local police make an arrest in Nassau County in Operation Raw Deal.

    (Photo courtesy DEA)

    Other countries involved in the coordinated international crackdown included Belgium, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Thailand.

    “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 DEA administrator, said in a statement.

    In addition to steroids and HGH, the operation targeted Insulin Growth Factor and underground trafficking of ancillary and counterfeit medications. Other drugs seized included cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, painkillers, anti-anxiety medications and Viagra.

    The DEA lauded Chinese officials for their participation in the effort, but whether China disciplines the manufacturers or discloses information remains to be seen. U.S. officials provided Chinese authorities with information packets about more than 35 Chinese companies that allegedly supplied raw materials for steroids, HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs and are involved in the illicit underground trade around the world. But U.S. officials will withhold the names of those companies in deference to China.

    DEA officials said they launched the operation in large part because of health risks in taking drugs that often are mislabeled. The potential side effects include strokes, liver damage and heart disease, experts say.

    Though the impact of Operation Raw Deal on sports remains uncertain, the DEA’s work is not done when it comes to a crackdown on the illegal trafficking of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, Payne said.

    “This is not a case with a beginning and an end,” he said. “I like to look at it more as an initiative.

    “This is a huge initiative.”

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