The Feds are watching. When people buy large amounts of scales and lab equipment, they are automatically alerted, even if the person is buying used stuff off e-bay.
In this case, they found someone buying lab equipment, and set up survailance on them almost immediately. Thre people were making and selling Ecstacy…but the same criteria would apply for figuring out who was buying equipment for manufacturing steroids.
Vial Crimpers, Capping machines, etc…will all probably put you on a federal watch list- if this story is any indication. And the way the statute reads in most states is that if you are manufacturing anything, it’s automatically intent to distribute.
So making your own AAS is probably a bad idea, regardless of how much money you save (in the USA at least).
Here’s how they used the simple purchase of lab equipment (and no other information) to bust an ecstasy ring: