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August 26, 2014
Manager at LA Fitness kept $20K worth of steroids in his home


A manager at the LA Fitness sports club in Travis faces felony charges after police say they found $20,000 worth of anabolic steroids in his home. Police arrested Ryan Kopyar, 28, after an agent with the New Jersey branch of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration observed him possessing a package of steroids inside the U.S. Post Office at 2843 Richmond Ave. in New Springville, court papers allege. The steroids were packaged “with intent to sell” in pill bottles and liquid vials, court papers allege. That happened at 12:20 p.m. Aug. 13, and at 1:30 p.m. that same day, an NYPD narcotics detective found more steroids inside Kopyar’s side apartment on Roswell Avenue in Travis, court papers allege. Inside, they found 22 plastic zipper bags containing more than 2,500 steroid pills total, as well as more bottles, packets and vials of steroids, and another ziplock of a powdered form of anabolic steroids. Kopyar admitted the steroids belonged to him, court papers allege. Police estimate the value of the steroids at about $20,000 according to court papers. A DEA spokesman wouldn’t comment on why an agent from the New Jersey division was involved in the arrest. Kopyar is charged with two counts each of fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to information from District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s office. Kopyar, who was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment in Stapleton Criminal Court Aug. 14, is slated to return to court on Oct. 16. He was still working at the LA Fitness as of Monday, though he wouldn’t comment about the case. “This is obviously my career on the line right now, and my lawyer says he doesn’t want me to comment,” Kopyar said. http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/manager_at_staten_island_la_fi.html