“Mr. Ohio” busted for selling steroids

LEBANON - A Warren County grand jury has indicted a man who authorities identify as a former "Mr. Ohio" for allegedly selling steroids.

In a grand jury report released Monday, Drew Smith, 28, of Germantown, Ohio is accused of selling steroids on several occasions from Nov. 15, 2011 through January 2012.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said authorities received Smith's name from people who were involved in a large steroid bust last fall. Fornshell said the Warren County Drug Task Force purchased steroids from Smith in Montgomery and Warren counties.

"The overwhelming majority of his income in a given year was based upon the sale of steroids and he had numerous customers that were buying these steroids from him," Fornshell said.

The grand jury indicted Smith on 17 counts of trafficking in drugs of varying degrees of felonies and one first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Smith was disqualified in a 2007 drug-tested natural body building show called the Monster Mash in Middletown when he was in the heavyweight division, online score sheets from the show say. In the same show he also won the overall - the award for the best competitor in the show - but was disqualified.

Fornshell said Smith was a Mr. Ohio, though it was unclear exactly what competition he might have won that title in.

Smith placed first in a 2009 Ohio competition in the men's super heavyweight category, according to an online score sheet.

The case against Smith is the latest one brought by Warren County authorities that involves steroids.

- Ronald Herbort, 46, of Batavia Township, pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts on April 30 in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Authorities say Herbort was the kingpin of a steroid distribution ring that they announced in November they had busted. He will be sentenced Aug. 21.

- Matthew Geraci, 37, formerly of Sycamore Township, was Herbort's alleged No. 2 man. Geraci is scheduled for a two-day jury trial June 14-15 in Warren County Common Pleas Court on 30 felony counts covering trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The investigation that resulted in the announcement last fall started in January 2010 when authorities received two separate complaints about steroid abuse at the Lebanon YMCA. No steroids were sold inside the YMCA.

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