June 20, 2014
A recent internal investigation by the King County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Washington found that one of its own deputies was dealing steroids and also pimping his wife to other officers.
Deputy Darrion Keith Holiwell, 49, was booked Thursday morning on charges of promoting prostitution, theft and drug violations. Holiwell was on paid leave due to an injury.
Investigators said they found steroids, HGH and ecstasy inside his home and that he sold anabolic drugs to fellow officers. Along with his drug dealing, Holiwell also pimped his wife around the Seattle area using the Website Backpages.com.
Holiwell was a 19-year veteran and SWAT team member. It was to his fellow SWAT team members that he is believed to have sold the majority of the steroids and HGH. “The SWAT team is under a big black cloud and they know that, ” said King County Sheriff John Urquhuart at a press conference following the arrest. He said additional arrests may be made in the future but the team will operate normally until the end of the investigation.
In addition to the steroid ring and the pimping, Holiwell was also involved in a scheme to steal brass rings from the department’s shooting range and sell them to local gun shops.
Holiwell is just the most recent officer to be caught involved in steroids. (Read More here.) While it may be apparent to readers of Steroidology that there are a lot of police officers who are juicing, most departments turn a blind eye to the issue. Police officer unions are also active in making sure testing for steroid use doesn’t become the norm.
While using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs may seem like a good idea for cops whose jobs require strength and agility, the fact is police using steroids without proper supervision can be a hazard to public safety. When steroid use goes unchecked, users can experience varying degrees of emotional distress. Add that up with tense situations and loaded guns and you have a recipe for disaster.
This is why departments and the police unions don’t want to address the problem. Imagine what kind of lawsuits would arise if an officer shoots someone and then is found out to have been on steroids. It is quite possible that there have been officer involved shootings that could have been avoided if the officer involved wasn’t on steroids, or had used them properly under the supervision of a doctor.