4 charged in steroid investigation

Posted on the DAILY WORLD
By Alexandria Burris – July 23, 2008

A seven-month investigation resulted in St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office narcotics detectives seizing approximately 60 bottles and 600 doses of anabolic steroids worth $15,000.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz called the seizure the largest in the parish's history, with approximately 100 people, between the ages of 17 and 50, identified as anabolic steroid users.
The seizure is a part of a larger investigation of illegal steroid use in St. Landry Parish.
Detectives also identified 15 anabolic steroid dealers. Four people have been arrested on charges of distribution and possession.
"This is a bigger problem than we thought," he said during a press conference held Tuesday.
The network of illegal anabolic steroid activity is not isolated to St. Landry Parish. Guidroz said his office is working with other Acadiana law enforcement agencies and federal agencies to investigate more reports of illegal steroid use. More arrests will be made and warrants will be issued.
"We have outstanding warrants for some of the individuals, and we are working on interviewing others. Depending on their level of cooperation determines whether they will be arrested or not," he said.
The following have been arrested for distribution or possession of steroids:
· Ty Johnson, 540 N. 4th St. , Eunice, charged with distribution of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (anabolic steroids), possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (anabolic steroids), illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (Lortab).
· Holly Fontenot, 540 N. 4th St. , Eunice, charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (anabolic steroids), illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (Lortab) and obstruction of justice.
· Adrian Savoie, 2633 Ducharme Road , Opelousas , charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (anabolic steroids), two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (anabolic steroids).
· Terri A. Kirkpatrick, 2633 Ducharme Road , Opelousas , charged with possession of a legend drug (Lidocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Guidroz said the investigation started after his office received a tip about young men injecting steroids at local gyms. He would not identify the gyms involved in the investigation.
Some people were traveling into the parish to purchase the drugs illegally, he said.
Detectives seized hypodermic syringes, Viagra and the steroids Winstrol, testosterone, Clenbuterol, Nolvadex and Trenbolone Enanthate. They also seized weapons.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, anabolic steroids are typically prescribed to people with anemia or to men who cannot produce testosterone.
Guidroz said many of the customers are student athletes and St. Landry Parish professionals.
"We're not talking about people that are unemployed. We're talking about people that have great jobs with big companies," he said.
Guidroz said he would not identify the names, occupations or companies of identified users. They cannot be charged with a crime unless they are physically found with drugs, he said. Some high school football players have also been identified.
"We're doing the very best to identify them, their families, their coaches and school administrators and we're going to tell them what to look for," he said.
The arrest of former Port Barre High School football player Alexander Aymond, Opelousas Catholic senior Dylan Guillory and three other men in May is connected to the current investigation, Guidroz said. Aymond and Guillory allegedly were in possession of testosterone and Trenbolone.

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