US News A huge catch in France after the dismantling of trafficking in anabolic steroids

23:45  22 october  2020
23:45  22 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Two clandestine laboratories were dismantled in early October as part of a crackdown against a steroid trafficking ring.

Two clandestine laboratories dismantled and 24 people arrested: this is the result of a vast crackdown carried out in early October in France against a steroid trafficking network, the gendarmerie announced on Thursday, October 22.

The investigation, carried out by the gendarmes of Oclaesp (Central Office for the fight against attacks on the environment and public health) and the investigation service of the tax justice (SEJF), the Bercy tax police , related to "the manufacture, importation and marketing of steroids, anabolics and growth hormones" , explains the police force in a press release.

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Investigations as far as Greece

In December 2019, the investigations carried out lead investigators to Greece where, thanks to Europol's services, clandestine laboratories and warehouses are dismantled and the main sponsors of trafficking arrested.

In early October, a large operation in France led to the arrest of 24 people who had ordered and sold hundreds of anabolic products. Steroid products are used in particular in bodybuilding circles.

No typical profile

"There is no typical profile, but there are people who play indoor sport, rather for leisure" , explains the police. Two laboratories, in Landes and Picardie , were also dismantled.

During the searches, 1,125 vials of anabolics, 249 ampoules, 4,615 tablets and 3,062 grams of banned products were seized. Sterilizers, centrifuges, empty vials, labels and chemicals, needed to manufacture the products, have also been discovered and will be investigated.

Criminal assets (bitcoin, cash, cars) were seized, the amounts of which are still being assessed, said the gendarmerie.

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