The war on Testosterone continues unabated!. Truth is always the first casualty & justice is a joke. The body count of victims, both guilty and innocent,(often one in the same) are piling up…This is where you “war correspondents” can post your reports(You are not going to let me do all the work, Right?). Don’t forget most news reports use biased language, so read critically…A few I’ve come across recently…
Texas to Test High School Athletes for Steroids
Texas has enacted a law to test more than 23,000 public high school students in all sports for anabolic steroids.
Texas state Sen. Kyle Janek, who wrote the law, says testing that number of students will determine the severity of the problem in Texas. He says testing will be implemented before this school year is over, and will act as a deterrent.
APD To Test Officers For Steroids
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque Police Department will test some employees for steroid use.
City officials have approved a procedure for such tests.
The policy allows police administrators to test any officer
or civilian worker who shows signs of steroid use. Chief Ray Schultz [b]says testing is important because using anabolic steroids can result in rage or unpredictable behavior.
He said he wants to test a civilian employee after other workers noticed changes in that person’s appearance[/b].
Under the policy, he must write the city’s human resources director requesting the test and stating “reasonable suspicion” before it can be done.
Former Olympic silver medalist not allowed to compete following steroids ban
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) Olympic canoeing silver medalist Nathan Baggaley, facing trial on drug charges, won’t be allowed to return to competition despite completing a two-year ban for taking steroids.
Australian Canoeing said Wednesday it has rejected an application from Baggaley to be reinstated to the sport. Baggaley’s two-year doping ban ended in September.
What we communicated to Nathan is that his application hasn't been accepted at this point in time,'' Australian Canoeing chief executive Kate Heeley said.It is under constant review. He’s not currently able to compete in Australian canoeing events.’’
In July, the three-time world champion was committed to stand trial in Brisbane Supreme Court on drug charges after police found 762 ecstasy tablets in a car he was driving on the Gold Coast in February.
The 31-year-old Baggaley also pleaded guilty in a northern New South Wales court last week to stealing a surf-ski from Byron Bay Surf Club. He was placed on a six-month, good-behavior bond and ordered to pay court costs.
At an Australian team training camp on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, four-time Olympian Clint Robinson said Baggaley faced an uphill battle to convince authorities he had not brought the sport into disrepute.
He only called me last week for the first time in about 15 months and was explaining his situation and where he's at,'' said Robinson, who won silver with Baggaley in the K-2 class over 500 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics.Nathan’s got a few hurdles to jump yet and they’re pretty big ones. ``
Baggaley tested positive for two steroids, stanozolol and methindione, in September 2005 and was subsequently banned for 15 months by the Australian Canoe Federation. The suspension was extended to two years by the International Canoe Federation.
Officer cleared in steroids probe
Albany detective won’t face criminal charges for obtaining drugs
By ROBERT GAVIN, Staff writer
ALBANY – A veteran city narcotics detective implicated in a nationwide steroids probe has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Detective Richard Gould, 42, was legally exonerated following an investigation by a special prosecutor assigned to the case.
“He’s just glad this is over,” said Gould’s attorney, Cheryl Coleman.
Gould, who remains on desk duty, still faces internal disciplinary charges following a departmental investigation, said Police Chief James W. Tuffey.
But he’s no longer facing the prospect of criminal charges for obtaining performance-enhancing drugs – including human growth hormone – at his Albany home.
Gould, a 17-year veteran of the Albany Police Department, received the drugs from Signature Compounding Pharmacy in Orlando, which was raided by investigators for Albany County District Attorney David Soares on Feb. 27.
The raid was the climax of a wide-ranging probe into Internet sales of steroids delivered to recipients ranging from Gould to professional baseball and NFL players.
Coleman never denied that the detective obtained steroids. She said Gould needed the drugs for home therapy because of a medical condition. Coleman has not publicly disclosed the nature of the condition.
Since June, the attorney has insisted Gould did not break any laws. The special prosecutor, Albany attorney Paul F. Edwards, agreed.
“After careful examination of all available evidence, I have concluded that no criminal charge is appropriate,” he stated in a letter to Coleman dated Oct. 24. “Accordingly, I am closing my file.”
Edwards could not be reached Tuesday. Coleman on Tuesday said the matter “never should have gotten this far.”
Heather Orth, a spokeswoman for Soares, declined to comment.
Gould, an Albany High School graduate and one-time NFL offensive line prospect, joined the department in 1990. Known to some by the nickname “RoboCop,” he’s made hundreds of arrests as one of the city’s better-known narcotics officers.
The Times Union first reported in February that a city detective was caught up in the steroids probe, but did not identify him because there were no allegations of wrongdoing at the time.
Investigators learned of Gould’s involvement after they searched the Manhattan home office of a doctor who wrote prescriptions for a Texas wellness clinic. Many months later, after they sifted through mounds of records, they found information signaling Gould’s orders for steroids.
Gould received 300 syringes – as well as somatropin, stanozolol and testosterone – at his home, according to court papers documenting a Dec. 15, 2005, prescription.
Court papers show the prescription came from Cellular Nucleonic Advantage, a so-called wellness clinic outside Houston. Its operators have since shut down their business and have since pleaded guilty to felony charges. Gould received three shipments from the Orlando pharmacy between December 2005 and last August, court papers showed. Gould’s link to the steroids investigation surfaced publicly in June, adding a new chapter to already existing tensions between Albany’s top prosecutor and its police chief.
At the time, Soares questioned why Gould was allowed to continue working on drug cases until mid-June – months after he said Tuffey had been repeatedly told that Gould obtained steroids in the mail. Soares noted an “element of hypocrisy in having a guy who is in possession of drugs and going out there and arresting people for possession.”
Tuffey, at the time, cited the ongoing internal investigation into Gould’s situation. He had said prosecutors never gave him written notification about the detective until that week.
That was when Chief Assistant District Attorney Mark Harris sent Tuffey a letter informing him that prosecutors would no longer use Gould as a prosecution witness. Soares later announced the formation of a three-member “taint team” that would assess the dozens of cases involving the detective.
Gould’s steroid link seemingly left the investigator open to scrutiny as a prosecution witness. When he took the stand on Sept. 5 for the first time since his steroid link surfaced, he invoked the Fifth Amendment five times. His testimony nevertheless helped convict James Miles, 47, of making a $40 crack deal last October. Gould has not testified in any case since.
“I was told by my counsel not to discuss that matter,” Gould had testified.
At the time, Tuffey said he had “serious reservations about a police officer testifying and taking the Fifth Amendment in a court of law.”
He would not say what, if any, discipline Gould could face.
Coleman said Gould never wanted to invoke the Fifth Amendment but did so on her advice. Now that he’s been cleared of criminal wrongdoing, that stance is lifted, she said.
Former NY Doctor Sentenced For Prescribing Illegal Steroids
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A former doctor from New York was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for writing prescriptions for illegal steroids and human growth hormone.
Ana Maria Santi pleaded guilty in July to writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for hundreds, if not thousands, of customers she had never met or examined. She wrote the prescriptions under the name of another doctor because her medical license had been revoked.
Santi and another doctor, Victor Mariani, were paid for the prescriptions by a New Jersey businessman, Daniel
McGlone. Mariani was scheduled to be sentenced later Friday. McGlone also has pleaded guilty in Rhode Island.
Santi, who was being held because she did not post bail, apologized in court.
“I’m sorry for what I did,” she said.
She also has pleaded guilty to a similar scheme in New York, and is awaiting sentencing on state charges there.
Signature Pharmacy, a Florida company whose client lists reportedly include many professional athletes, filled many of the prescriptions written by Santi and Mariani.
The New Inquisition continues…