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June 18, 2013
China continues to be the primary supplier of anabolic steroids to the US market
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer inspecting packages shipped from overseas. Seizures of steroids from China are increasing.
Shipments coming from China may look like an assortment of small colored bottles that looked like bath oil samples.  Until inspectors look more closely and find some labeled “methandrostenolone,” or other names of anabolic steroids used body builders. Customs busts like this have led them to dealers’ homes where the drugs are prepared for sale to bodybuilders in gyms or over the Internet.  They will typically find them in injectable form, contained in syringe vials.  Others may be stored in large, gallon-sized plastic bags. steroid_seizures_china.jpg The Drug Enforcement Administration said China was turned into a virtual steroids supply house after a high-profile crackdown nearly a decade ago shut down a number of big labs in Mexico — then the major supplier of black market steroids to the United States. The shift in supply lines became evident in 2007, officials say, when the DEA targeted 56 labs in this country that were manufacturing anabolic steroids and HGH supplements. Investigators found the labs were using raw powders that had originated in China. For more information on this subject, see a good investigative news piece here:  http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/black_market_pipeline_for_steroids_and_performance_enhancing_drugs_leads_to_china.html