Thread: Anyone else seen this? Wow!
12-15-2005, 05:05 PM #1
Anyone else seen this? Wow!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2005
DEA Leads Largest Steroid Bust in History
82 percent of all DEA-seized and analyzed steroids in U.S. are manufactured in Mexico; Large majority of those come from targets in Operation Gear Grinder
Steroids confiscated in the investigation were marketed to be used with animals via public web sites.
DEC 15--WASHINGTON, DC – DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy today announced the arrest of Albert Saltiel-Cohen, owner of three of the world’s largest anabolic steroid manufacturers, as part of the largest steroid enforcement operation in U.S. history. Operation Gear Grinder is a 21-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation that targeted eight major steroid manufacturing companies, their owners, and their trafficking associates. By reviewing the sources of all seized and analyzed steroids submitted to the DEA’s forensic laboratories, DEA intelligence analysts and diversion investigators found that 82 percent of the steroids seized and analyzed are of Mexican origin. A large majority of those 82 percent seized and analyzed steroids originate from the eight companies identified in Operation Gear Grinder. These businesses conducted their sales via the Internet, and DEA estimates their combined total U.S. steroid sales are $56 million per year.
“Steroid traffickers market their product by luring young people with promises of enhanced performance and appearance,” DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy said, “but what they don’t say is the illicit use of these harmful drugs can destroy the very bodies that they are supposed to improve. Drug traffickers prey on the belief that steroids enhance ability, but steroids only rob that ability, as we have seen so often from the affected lives of too many youth and professional athletes.”
Operation Gear Grinder is part of the Virtual Enforcement Initiative, a coordinated DEA effort to target illegal Internet drug trafficking, which was launched in April with Operation Cyber Chase and continued in September with Operation CYBERx. DEA’s cyber initiative acknowledges drug traffickers are embracing the use of 21 st century technology to further spread their virus into U.S. communities.
The steroid manufacturers involved in this investigation tried to mask the true consumers of these products by marketing them as being developed and sold for use in animals. The veterinary manufacturers (“laboratorios”) took notice of the demand for anabolic steroids and created a marketing strategy tailored to the needs of the U.S. consumer – to include high-quality products and internet websites. Communications via the Internet and parcel distributions were the core of these companies’ operations. The websites showcase the products and offer an email address to exchange prices and tracking numbers, and give ordering and payment instructions.
These eight companies used U.S.-based email addresses and listed each manufacturer utilizing a business website to place their products in the hands of American consumers. Some manufacturers provided direct referrals to distributors through the Contact Us section of the websites. The steroids were smuggled into the United States, and shipped to customers. In addition, steroids from the eight companies were also shipped to U.S. traffickers, who re-sold the products to their customers. Financial transactions were primarily done via Western Union wire transfers, as well as bank transfers and credit card payments.
These groups also supplied numerous pharmacies along the U.S./Mexico border, where U.S. customers could purchase steroids and smuggle them back across the border into the United States.
In addition to the Saltiel-Cohen arrest and indictments, DEA today arrested 4 steroid trafficking suspects in San Diego and Laredo, TX. As part of Operation Gear Grinder, DEA also identified over 2,000 U.S. customers that have received steroids from the businesses indicted today. These customers consist of individual users, street-level dealers, and organized trafficking groups in dozens of cities across the country.
The Southern District of California has issued indictments charging the companies and individual defendants with the following:Title 21, U.S.C., Secs. 952, 960 and 963 - Conspiracy to Import Anabolic Steroids; Title 21, U.S.C., Secs. 846 and 841(a)(1) - Conspiracy to Distribute Anabolic Steroids; Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 2; Title 18, U.S.C., Secs. 1956(h) and 1956(a)(1)(A)(I) - Conspiracy to Launder Money; Title 21, U.S.C.,Sec. 853(a), Title 18, U.S.C.,Sec. 982 and Title 21, U.S.C.,Sec. 853(p) - Criminal Forfeiture.
1. Companies: Quality Vet, Denkall, and Animal Power
Owners: Alberto Saltiel Cohen, Joaquin Garcia Rivas, and Javier Garcia de la Pena.
These manufacturers are significant U.S. suppliers of Nandrolone
2. Company: Laboratorios Tornel
Owner: Luis Bravo-Tornel
Manager: Mauricio Bravo-Berentsen
This manufacturer is a top U.S. supplier of Testosterone Decanoate
3. Company: Laboratorios Brovel
Owner: Arturo Bravo-Valdes
This manufacturer is a top U.S. supplier of Nandrolone Decanoate
4. Company: Pet’s Pharma
Owner: Ramon Vargas
This manufacturer is a top U.S. source of Testosterone Enanthate
5. Company: Syd Group
Owner: Armando Guzman-Armenta
Associate: Amalia Lara
This manufacturer is a top U.S. source of Stanozolol
6. Company: Loeffler
Officer: Jose Angel Garcia-Hinojosa
This manufacturer is a top U.S. source of Methandrostenolone
Operation Gear Grinder was coordinated by the DEA Special Operations Division. DEA offices in San Diego, Mexico City, Tijuana, New York, Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo, Texas participated in the investigation.
This investigation was a collaborative effort involving DEA, numerous U.S state and local law enforcement agencies, and the Mexican Federal Agency of Investigation (AFI).
12-15-2005, 05:10 PM #2
when will be the day that I see us conforms to opperation "herion, crack, and MDMA" glad to see my tax dollars well spent...
12-15-2005, 05:30 PM #3
FUCK the D.E.A
12-15-2005, 05:35 PM #4
12-15-2005, 05:36 PM #5
nnnnOOOOOOO!!!!!, fvck me running!!!
12-15-2005, 05:40 PM #6
People could smoke, drink, have herion, crack and DEA gives now shit. Looks like DEA afraid of "big" adults
12-15-2005, 05:43 PM #7
Man That Sucks
12-15-2005, 05:58 PM #8
this just great why is the Govt. giving such a shit about juice and makeing weed legall in some cities, gmmiw a f'n break just after the MLB got busted so did evryone eles, the MLB has to ruin it for all of us this pisses me off and i havnt even done a cucle yet maybe now would be the time to buy before prices skyrocket
12-15-2005, 08:34 PM #9
12-15-2005, 09:02 PM #10
that is crap, what about all the drug cartells, cocaine and shit. steroids do get picked on too much, i wish there was someone on here that new someone from a paper, and could get them to post an article saying exactly what need2big said: when will be the day that I see us conforms to opperation "herion, crack, and MDMA" glad to see my tax dollars well spent...
12-16-2005, 02:05 AM #11
They're so proud of themselves high fiving each other on a job well done while real criminals are selling drugs to children.
12-16-2005, 02:09 AM #12
coke snorting fvckers wanna ban drugs... yeah....
01-06-2006, 11:48 PM #13Banned
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this explains it
now i know y i having trouble contacting my mexian sources
01-06-2006, 11:59 PM #14
01-07-2006, 03:31 AM #15
If they tested every one in the major branches of the US govt for narcotics tomorrow, I bet 60-70% of them would pop pos. That goes for MLB, NFL, and NBA too.
Roids aren't the problem, narcotics are.
01-07-2006, 07:01 AM #16
drugs in general aren't the problem (including gear)... people are!
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