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July 21, 2014
Gym owner arrested in drug, steroid case


The owner of a Glens Falls gym was charged with four felonies Thursday for allegedly possessing anabolic steroids and selling and possessing prescription painkillers, police said. Scott R. Rabine, 40, of Grandview Drive, Queensbury, was arrested after a several-month investigation that involved local, state and federal investigators, according to court records. He faces two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony count of criminal sale of a controlled substance and a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon. He operates Spartan Fitness on Broad Street in Glens Falls, a gym that has become popular with local high school students in recent years. Rabine was arrested Thursday morning after Glens Falls Police and State Police arrived at the gym and his home with search warrants. They seized from the gym an unspecified quantity of steroids as well as a 12-gauge shotgun that Rabine can not legally possess, court records allege. Glens Falls Police Chief Will Valenza said the investigation began when police received information that there was drug activity taking place at the gym. State Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and state Department of Taxation and Finance were involved in the inquiry as well. Rabine was charged with selling prescription oxycodone pills to an undercover police officer or informant last month in Glens Falls. Police said additional drug sale charges are likely. Police also searched Rabine’s home, and additional drug possession charges will be filed in Queensbury Town Court in connection with drugs seized there, according to police. He shares the home with a girlfriend who was not charged, and investigators said there was no indication she was aware of the drug activity. “There were some items found at the home that will lead to charges in Queensbury,” Valenza said. Rabine has a prior felony conviction for leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident in Saratoga County in 2008. He cannot legally possess a weapon because of that conviction. His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an arraignment Thursday afternoon. Stanclift asked Glens Falls Judge Richard Tarantino to release Rabine on his own recognizance, arguing that Rabine is a lifelong resident of the area and is well-regarded by his gym’s clients. “Some of those clients are doctors, lawyers, accountants, professionals in this community,” he said. “He is well-known by many people in this community.” Tarantino went along with the prosecutor recommendation and set bail at $150,000 cash bail or $300,000 bail bond, pointing to Rabine’s prior criminal record. Stanclift said he did not know enough about the allegations to comment on them Thursday afternoon. Rabine had no comment on the case as he was led into court. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan has been appointed special prosecutor after Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan asked for a special prosecutor because she is acquainted with Rabine’s girlfriend’s family. The weightiest charges he faces, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, are punishable by up to 12 years in state prison. http://poststar.com/news/local/glens-falls-gym-owner-arrested-in-drug-steroid-case/article_57b34fb0-0df2-11e4-b8dc-0019bb2963f4.html