We still run into many folks who don’t think of anabolic steroids as being “drugs”. Well, that’s exactly what they are! And steroids dealers are no different and behave no differently than any other drug dealers.
Take a moment and read this article about Scott Siegel, a 35-year old “movie star”. He starred in the movie “Wrestler” and was probably selected for the part as a result of the physique that he had developed using illegal anabolic steroids! (And we wonder why our kids aren’t getting the message that they shouldn’t be fooling with these drugs!)
As you read about the behavior of Mr. Siegel as the police were attempting to arrest him for distribution of steroids, please try to identify with the fact that this could be an arrest taking place for cocaine, heroin, or any other drug that we don’t want our kids fooling with.
And as the article points out, his steroid use has taken a serious toll on the body and mind of Mr. Siegel.
An actor who went from appearing in the Oscar-nominated film “The Wrestler” to leading police on a wild demolition-derby-style chase through Eastchester pleaded guilty Friday to steroid possession and assaulting federal agents.
Scott Siegel, 35, of Nautilus Place, New Rochelle, admitted guilt in U.S. District Court in White Plains to two counts of using a deadly weapon to assault officers – the truck he was driving on the night of Feb. 18 – and one count of possessing and distributing anabolic steroids.
Federal agents and local police from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Westchester Task Force were trying to arrest Siegel outside his parents’ home in Eastchester when he fled in his truck and touched off the chase through Eastchester and Tuckahoe before he was finally caught in Eastchester. Along the way he hit several police cars.
He rammed a police car that had two agents inside and then attempted to hit an officer on foot.
“I drove my car around the officer, creating a risk of injury,” he said as he pleaded guilty.
Federal agents recovered 1,500 bottles of anabolic steroids from his car, his parents’ townhouse and his home. They also found $100,000 in cash.
The chase followed on the heels of Siegel’s gaining a measure of celebrity from his performance in “The Wrestler.” Siegel played a thickly muscled steroid dealer named Greg who supplies steroids to the lead character, played by Mickey Rourke, who was nominated for a best actor Academy Award.
Siegel appeared smaller than he did at his first court date on Feb. 19.
His years of steroid abuse have taken a toll, said his lawyer, Barry Levin. Levin renewed his request to have Siegel released on bail, saying doctors at the Westchester County jail are failing to properly treat him for his dangerously low testosterone level.
The low level has caused moodiness, dizziness and depression, Levin said.
Siegel faces up to 20 years in prison on the top charge, though sentencing guidelines will probably call for no more than 63 months. He remains held without bail pending his Jan. 14 sentencing. “It was a very unfortunate incident,” Levin said, “and Scott is very remorseful and thankful that no one got hurt.”