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August 16, 2010
Couple accused of dealing steroids

Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) Deputies stop a major shipment of anabolic steroids from making their way from Egypt to Albuquerque. Two people are under arrest for buying the drugs online and then selling them at a local gym.

Sheriff Manny Gonzales tells Eyewitness News 4 the investigation could go even further, to identify who was buying those illegal drugs.

Ruben and Claudine Jaramillo appeared in court today. According to a criminal complaint, Ruben Jaramillo ordered a thousand anabolic steroids from Cyprus, Egypt. Customs seized the drugs in New Jersey. Then the local post office delivered the drugs to the couple’s northwest Albuquerque home, as deputies stood by to make the arrests. Jaramillo’s wife, Claudine, and five kids were also in the house.

Police say they found various types of anabolic steroids, as well as paraphernalia Jaramillo admitted he uses to package and sell the steroids. They say Jaramillo admitted using and selling the drugs at Defined Fitness on Juan Tabo, where he works out. They also say he admitted to converting a cattle medication into testosterone in his kitchen.

“It makes it a very volatile situation, because I don’t think these people would be considered chemists by no means. So, you’re looking at the potential of fire, toxins in the air to the children, the people in the neighborhood and the possibility of an explosion,” said Sheriff Gonzales.

Police also found a stolen gun in the house, as well as methamphetamine and ecstasy. Defined Fitness on Juan Tabo tells Eyewitness News 4 they didn’t know this was taking place and they don’t condone steroid use. They’re also increasing the awareness of gym staff to keep an eye out for problems like this.