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December 10, 2014
Australia: Police arrest personal trainers, supplement store managers in steroid raids
PERSONAL trainers and managers of supplement stores have been arrested after detectives smashed an alleged steroids ring linked to the Lone Wolf bikie gang, uncovering 3000 steroid capsules and more than 100 bottles of steroids and human growth hormones.
Supplement stores in Arana Hills, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Morayfield and Browns Plains were raided, along with homes of personal trainers in Eight Mile Plains, Bundamba, Mudjimba, Elimah and Marsden. A private gym on the southside of Brisbane was also raided. The raids took place over the past 36 hours with Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the Sunshine Coast Gangs Squad. Detectives seized 114 bottles of steroids and human growth hormone, one tube of steroid gel and 3008 steroid capsules and tablets. Police also seized 6g of cocaine.
Items seized in the raid.

Items seized in the raid.

The steroids were hidden in a number of places including in false gaps in furniture. Taskforce Maxima Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said police would allege offenders were attempting to use legitimate businesses to disguise their “illegal activities”, selling steroids at the businesses and from their homes. Four people, alleged to be associates of the bikies, are facing 41 charges. Some of the drugs are understood to have been brought in from China. “Often these drugs are homemade or supplied without medical supervision which could have lasting impacts on the user’s health,” Detective Inspector Smith said. “I think the community need to understand that these drugs are being supplied without any sort of medical supervision. “And the risk to the health of the people taking them can’t be understated. “We don’t know who has manufactured these drugs, whether they have been imported from overseas or homemade here in Queensland. ” Det Insp Smith said steroids were up to $400-500 a dose. “It’s fair to say that some of these business premises have owners, or people who have financial interest in those shops, are patched members of the Lone Wolf criminal motorcycle gang,” he said.
Items seized in the raid.

Items seized in the raid.

Acting Detective Inspector David Cove said the investigation began several months ago. “We believed they used their established networks for traditional recreational drugs to bring these products in and in some cases manufacture them,” Det Insp Cove said. “Some of the products that we located weren’t for human consumption, they were for animals. “Of course the criminal motorcycle gangs’ interest in this area is not the enhancement of a person’s appearance or their health but purely money.” Det Insp Cove said the trafficking of steroids had increased in past years, with bikies themselves “image conscious”. “The amount of money that can be made in this sort of area is huge and that’s why the criminal motorcycle gangs have moved into it — but so have we,” he said. “In most cases the steroids that were located were secreted in protein containers, inside the powder, secreted in false gaps in furniture … there had been some effort.
Items seized in the raid.

Items seized in the raid.

“The people that had possession of these drugs knew that possession of the drugs was illegal.” Det Insp Smith said further charges were expected. A 44-year-old Eight Mile Plains man has been arrested and charged with five counts of possession of dangerous drugs and one count each of failing to dispose of a syringe and obstructing police. A 27-year-old Bundamba man has been arrested and charged with eight counts of possession of dangerous drugs and one count of failing to dispose of a syringe. A 31-year-old Mudjimba man has been arrested and charged with 13 counts of possession of dangerous drug, 11 counts of possession of a restricted drug and one count of failing to dispose of a syringe. A 32-year-old Marsden man has been issued with a notice to appear for possession of a dangerous drug. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-police-arrest-personal-trainers-supplement-store-managers-in-steroid-raids/story-fnn8dlfs-1227144572629?nk=4592bf019abf1adce3103cc27b457eab