Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Friday the bust of one of the largest illegal steroid rings in Arizona.
DEA officials said eight people have been indicted in connection with "Operation Bad Mussels."
In January 2013, DEA agents started an investigation of an “underground pharmaceutical operation” led by Blaine Radke of Surprise, Ariz.
Radke, who owns Desired Physiques Fitness Center, was suspected of supplying anabolic steroids to hundreds of customers throughout the United States using forums and blogs on steroid bodybuilding internet websites.
DEA officials said during the course of the investigation, agents identified other members of the ring who assisted in the making and delivery of steroids, the receipt of multiple parcels containing raw steroid materials from China and the collection of bulk currency and wire transfers from the organization’s customer base.
Officials said Radke instructed steroid users to send cash to pay for their steroid orders, concealed in magazines and birthday cards to Post Office boxes controlled by other members.
On Friday, law enforcement agencies served search and arrest warrants on suspected members of the ring at their homes in Arizona and other states, Radke's fitness center in Surprise and two storage facilities.
During the raids, agents seized over 110 pounds of anabolic steroids, multiple packages of raw powder from China, hundreds of filled vials of anabolic steroids, various size capsules, encapsulating machines, authentic-looking pharmaceutical labels, computers, and over $150,000. Also seized were a shotgun and a handgun, various bank accounts, a residence, and nine vehicles.
Those indicted were Blaine Jared Radke aka: Ronnie Coleman, 39 of Surprise, AZ (head of the organization); Ismael Gonzalez aka: Mike Gonzalez, 44 of Surprise, AZ; Joshua Ryan Leno, 33of Omaha, NE; Duane Lee McGill, 52 of Charlotte, MI; Gregory Alexander Chambers (45) of Franklin, TN; Chad Vincent Desjarlais, 41 of Melbourne, FL; Kanisha Nichelle Stewart, 24 of Surprise, AZ and Dena Jo Olsen, 43 of Surprise, AZ.
Both Blaine Radke and Gregroy Chambers were arrested on April 17, 2014. The remaining individuals were charged and summoned to appear in federal court at a later date.