Record steroid raid busts 56 labs
Drug Enforcement Administration agents have closed down 26 illegal, underground steroid labs and made more than 50 arrests in a four-day series of raids that began last Thursday. These series of raids are the largest on performance-enhancing drugs in U.S. history, according to ESPN.
The raids are the end of an 18-month investigation into illegal distribution of performance-enhancing substances called â€œOperation Raw Deal.â€? The operation targeted the importing of material from China used to manufacture anabolic steroids and human growth hormone (HGH). In total the operation has busted 56 labs and made 124 arrests since it began, according to CNN.
According to ESPN, the raids have also seized more than $6 million and 532 pounds of raw steroid powder. Almost 60 percent of which coming in the past week.
A list of names that received steroids, humane growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs was also compiled by federal officials, according to DEA spokesman Rusty Payne, reports Yahoo! Sports. The list may eventually be made available to professional sports leagues, such as the National Football League and Major League Baseball.