Another community has been “shocked” by a local steroid bust. Â In this case, the place of sale was a local YMCA and the target of the sales were high school athletes.
Close to a million dollars in steroids and cash wereÂ seized!
When is America going to wake up and realize that we have a secret epidemic going on among our young people?
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) –
Several Lebanon residents were shocked to learn of a large steroid ring that was busted after a 2-year investigation.
The Warren County Drug Task Force began investigating when they were tipped off by the CountrysideÂ YMCA in Lebanon. The ring’s leaders were targeting high school athletes at the Y.
“We are here all the time. It’s a great family atmosphere and I was shocked to tell you the truth,” said Lisa Beckman a YMCA member.
“I’m a little disappointed because I think of this place as a family place and you don’t associate drug use of any kind or steroid use at this place,” said another member, Roy Decker.
None of the steroids were actually dealt within the walls of the YMCA. However, according to authorities, the sellers targeted young athletes inside the gym and instructed buyers to go to lockers at a building on Reed Hartman to pick up and drop off money for the drugs.
“We do all sorts of intramural sports up here, and I know we have never been approached by anybody here, I know he hasn’t, or at least I don’t think so. I’m just really surprised,” said Beckman.
Beckman’s oldest son is 15, and plays football and baseball…she’s never talked to her son about steroids, until now.
“Apparently I think I need to. It’s making me think I really need to do that,” she said.
Others are equally surprised about the sophisticated drug operation that started from a lab in Tennessee furnished with drugs from China that were being shipped to the Tri-state.
I’ve been in here lifting over the summer, and I heard some young guys were the ones picking them up. No one ever offered anything to me so I’m kind of shocked,” said Joe Feldmann, a high school athlete.
Joe and his friend, Trent Fruhwirth,Â believe their coaches will use this major bust to teach a lesson.
“They will definitely talk to us about this about staying away from these kind of drugs. It will just ruin your career of ever playing sports,” said Fruhwirth.
Authorities did not name specifically the high schools the athletes involved attended.Â Part of the ongoing investigation is figuring out if any professional athletes could be linked this case.