June 5, 2012
Man busted with 8,000 steroids
By JAMES A. KIMBLE, Union Leader Correspondent
BRENTWOOD - A Massachusetts man is being held on drug charges after deputies found he had 8,000 steroid pills in his car - just part of a stash he unwittingly offered up to undercover investigators, according to the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department.
Mark C. Ferrara, 23, of 5 Hobson Ave., Wilmington, Mass., is being held on $50,000 cash bail at the Rockingham County jail after his arrest along Route 125 in Brentwood Monday. Ferrara is charged with possession of controlled narcotic drugs with intent to distribute. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be roughly $35,000. Investigators also found $47,000 in cash at Ferrara’s home in Massachusetts along with more steroids and about 200 hypodermic needles, the sheriff’s department said. Investigators made the arrest around 2:45 p.m., capping off a three-month investigation led by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force. Ferrara had disclosed to investigators that he was in possession of human growth hormone/anabolic steroids just before he was pulled over along Route 125, according to the sheriff’s department. Ferrara’s vehicle was stopped by investigators while he was driving northbound in Brentwood. A search of Ferrara’s vehicle yielded 8,000 steroids in pill form, and roughly 1,090 milliliters of injectable steroids, the sheriff’s department said. Investigators seized approximately $1,100 in cash and hypodermic needles during the search. Wilmington, Mass., police executed a search warrant at Ferrara’s home and seized $47,000 in cash, 360 milliliters of human growth hormone and 200 hypodermic needles. Ferrara was arraigned Tuesday in 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood District Division, where he was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration / Cross Border Initiative in Lowell, Mass., Kingston, Plaistow and Somersworth police departments also assisted in the investigation.