COLUMBUS, Ohio — A steroid ring uncovered in Ohio used drugs imported from China and processed at a secret lab in Tennessee to peddle drugs to high school athletes and other customers with a business model that implemented techniques such as bonuses and rebates, authorities said Tuesday.
A grand jury north of Cincinnati in Warren County indicted 32 people in the operation on charges that include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking drugs and drug possession, according to police and prosecutors. Those charged include a bank manager, a financial planner, a delivery truck driver, a professional wrestler, a health club manager and a stay-at-home mom, and most have turned themselves in and are being held in the county jail, said Prosecutor David Fornshell.
Authorities have seized more than $600,000 in steroids, about $300,000 in cash and vehicles, and a number of assault rifles and other firearms, some used for security at the lab and others that appear to be collected.
James Deir, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Cincinnati, called the investigation “unique” and one that led to the dismantling of a drug operation selling “poison” to high school students.