Football, Baseball Stars Linked to New Steroid Probe

By Richard Esposito And Vic Walter

Feb 27, 2007 2:58pm

Major league baseball players, football players and other athletes are at the heart of an investigation into an Internet-based performance-enhancing drug scam, allegedly linked to a Florida pharmacy which was raided today, federal law enforcement sources tell The Blotter on Federal and state drug agents served warrants today on the Signature Pharmacy, in Orlando, Fla., as part of grand jury investigation in Albany, N.Y. The raid was first reported in the Albany Times Union, which also said a series of arrests were being carried out in New York. Federal Drug Enforcement agents told the investigation involves the illicit sales of prescription drugs, including steroids and testosterone. A number of current and former major league players who have been implicated in past federal steroid investigations are on the customer list for the pharmacy, which allegedly did $36 million in business last year, according to the Times Union newspaper. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The newspaper reported that a doctor connected to the Pittsburgh Steelers football team purchased more than $150,000 drugs through the pharmacy last year. Dave Lockett, a spokesman for the team, said, "We are aware of the situation but don’t have all the details or enough information to comment."

According to the Albany newspaper, the probe is expected to yield a customer list that extends well beyond professional football into professional baseball, bodybuilding and college sports.  The paper said that one of the players on the pharmacy’s customer list was Jason Grimsley, a former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher who left baseball last year after federal agents raided his home as part of an investigation into mail-order steroids.  While Grimsley has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers, he has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs and has since been suspended for 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy. A spokesperson for the Albany District Attorney would not discuss customers identified in the investigation but stated that the focus of the illegal drug prescription probe was taking down the producers, distributors and dealers.

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