07-06-2004, 07:12 PM #1
MOD@Bodybuilding.com Busted on Drug Charges
Tuesday July 06, 2004
Last week, on Tuesday June 29th, wearing his BodyBuilding.com T-Shirt, Jason Cholewa, a 22 year old student at the University of Rhode Island was arraigned on four counts of felony drug charges in District Court, South Kingstown Rhode Island. The police officers in Narragansett Rhode Island, armed with a search warrant, seized 4,000 pills, dozens of vials, and $29,000. Cholewa is being held without bail and has been charged with three counts of possession with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Anabolic steroids and Vicodin have already been identified and other substances have been sent to labs for identification testing.
Of particular interest to our members is the fact that Jason was a popular moderator for the Bodybuilding.com Discussion Boards. Jason posted as Big Red and Big Red HH and was a frequent contributor to the TeenBodyBuilding.com and Bodybuilding.com web sites. Bodybuilding.com has banned him from their boards and apparently, they have deleted all of the posts about his arrest.
Detective Lt. Gerald Driscoll said Jason was a "mid-level dealer." Driscoll added, "We suspect that the source of these drugs is somewhere out of state." Additionally, it was learned that Jason was arrested five years ago for disorderly conduct in Connecticut.
The estimated value of the drugs was only $4,000. Which given the kamikaze cycles that some bodybuilders are taking these days could be considered an amount for personal use. They also found Vicodin. Dealers take note, if you're going to deal roids, don't deal other stuff. It seems that it's the recreational drugs that causes law enforcement to get a lot more serious a lot faster. And of course if someone you deal steroids to starts hounding you to sell meth, ecstasy, or coke, you can be pretty sure they're setting you up.
To convict Jason of dealing, the prosecutor will have to prove that he had intent to distribute. And here's where Bodybuilding.com comes in. At this point, it's safe to assume that Big Red HH's entire Personal Message history has been subpoenaed along with all of his threads on Bodybuilding.com's Discussion Forums. And if not subpoenaed already, it probably will be soon. Hopefully, Bodybuilding.com will hire a lawyer and turn over only Big Red's PM's and Posts -- not the entire forums database and everyone's PM's along with it.
For Jason to get off, he'll probably try to prove that the steroids that were found were for personal use. And as attorney Rick Collins points out in his book Legal Muscle, law enforcement much of the time has no idea how different steroids are from recreational drugs in terms of what would constitute an amount appropriate for personal use. In other words, 100 D-Bol is a lot different than 100 ecstasy. The other way Jason could make his situation better would be to rat out someone or several someones. He could try to plea bargain his sentence down in exchange for names. If he were to go this route, the implications for the members of BodyBuilding.com's Forums could be quite serious. In fact, Detective Lt. Gerald Driscoll said that "This is an ongoing investigation."
I'm not suggesting that the Administration of BodyBuilding.com knew that one of their Mods was a dealer, but this is exactly why ************.com never allows sources - known or suspected - to moderate our forums.
Credit: Emailed to me from EF
Jason Cholewa's (a.k.a. Big Red HH) Progression
Last edited by TheChosen1; 07-06-2004 at 07:16 PM.
07-06-2004, 07:14 PM #2
Hmmm Why do people mees with narcotics and gear ???
07-06-2004, 07:14 PM #3AR Hall of Fame
- Join Date
- Dec 2002
Now we can see why A.R. has the sourcing rules that it does.
07-06-2004, 07:15 PM #4
07-06-2004, 07:16 PM #5
I wonder if he's going to roll on anybody else to lessen his sentence
07-06-2004, 07:16 PM #6
isnt this like very old news..?
07-06-2004, 07:20 PM #7
07-06-2004, 07:26 PM #8Originally Posted by RATM
oh boy.. here we go again..
07-06-2004, 07:34 PM #9Originally Posted by mass junkie
07-06-2004, 07:45 PM #10Originally Posted by TheChosen1
07-06-2004, 08:07 PM #11
Too bad, so sad, sucks to be him.
07-06-2004, 08:21 PM #12Originally Posted by SV-1
Yup pretty much
07-06-2004, 08:21 PM #13
Why include pictures of his "progression"? What does this have to do with the issue?
07-06-2004, 08:30 PM #14Originally Posted by bad_man
Those were included in the email that Elite fitness sent out. I got a copy of it yesterday.
07-06-2004, 08:40 PM #15
Thats what happens when you dont keep it safe :|
07-06-2004, 09:09 PM #16Originally Posted by mass junkie
07-06-2004, 09:30 PM #17Originally Posted by Elliot
NO. This is LIKE four day old news......
Better thread than the first one. This one has a little more info to it.
For a name like big red, I thought he'd be bigger.
Of course he will roll over on people. Why the hell wouldnt he. 10 years in PRISON or get 1 year in jail if he rolls over on the bigger suppliers. FVCKING A anyone and EVERYONE would take that deal. I dont care how loyal you say you are. When you realize your life has the option of being over for 10 years as opposed to 1 year, morals change.
If anyone here says they would do differently, I will straight out call you a naive liar.......
07-06-2004, 09:33 PM #18Originally Posted by TheChosen1
Vicadin? A pain reliever? That is an over the counter pill. NO BIG DEAL. Are you confusing it with Ecstasy or something? I have 30 vicadins in my bathroom. BFD.
07-06-2004, 09:41 PM #19
you aren't from around here are you?
Originally Posted by bermich
07-06-2004, 09:54 PM #20
isn't vicadin a mild tranquilizer? They aren't even scheduled as heavily as aas anyway...
07-06-2004, 10:00 PM #21
vics are nothing.....
07-06-2004, 10:14 PM #22Originally Posted by 50%Natural
07-07-2004, 12:02 AM #23Originally Posted by trailrider38
07-07-2004, 12:08 AM #24Originally Posted by bermich
07-07-2004, 01:27 AM #25Originally Posted by Da Bull
07-07-2004, 01:37 AM #26Originally Posted by bermich
07-07-2004, 01:39 AM #27
****....learn something new everyday
07-07-2004, 03:22 AM #28
I kinda knew that but I just assumed everyone has a perscription for vicadin somewhere. Either from the last trip to the dentist, etc.
I wouldnt think they would bother with them unless you had five hundred or so.
07-07-2004, 05:16 AM #29
07-07-2004, 05:34 AM #30
everyone get's caught, he'll do what, 5 years mabey?
jail would be freakin sweet, just make sure your boys on the outside credit your account then just workout, eat and sleep all day
07-07-2004, 08:27 AM #31
Not exactly smart wearing the BodyBuilding.com
T-Shirt into the courtroom while being arraigned...
You would think he wouldn't have wanted to advertise
that crap... Unless he doesn't give a **** about what
happens to the board and others that may be involved...
07-07-2004, 02:04 PM #32Originally Posted by GQ-Bouncer
You're a tool! Jail is not the funest place to be.. I rather watch a baseball game.
07-07-2004, 09:04 PM #33Originally Posted by GQ-Bouncer
07-07-2004, 09:34 PM #34
Yeah jails easy...
jails so much fun.
I wish i could go back in time to when i got locked up and say "hey mind if GQ-Bouncer takes my place? he likes it!"
Feel free to do time for me anytime you want.
Only if fun is defined by being seperated from your loved ones, your friends, your dog, your job... just everything. it's like dying for whatever sentence you have been given.
Anyone who has been would never even think to say "jail is sweet"
Originally Posted by GQ-Bouncer
07-07-2004, 10:39 PM #35
yea i'm betting bodybuilding.com just LOVED the advertising..........nice job ya jackass
07-07-2004, 10:47 PM #36Originally Posted by GQ-Bouncer
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