DEA disrupts illegal steroid operation in West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, Wv. – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced that it has effectively dismantled an illegal steroid manufacturing and distribution facility, operating out of a private residence in Huntington. DEA Special Agents, working closely with their law enforcement partners, discovered a fully-operational clandestine laboratory used to manufacture illegal steroids for distribution throughout the United States while executing a federal search warrant earlier this week.
Investigators seized bulk quantities of raw chemicals, as well as thousands of vials of products believed to be steroids, and safely removed them from a home in one of Huntington’s more affluent neighborhoods. Items seized will be cataloged and sent off for laboratory analysis and identification.
“What we uncovered in Huntington is a very sophisticated drug manufacturing and distribution operation, involving large quantities of dangerous substances and no regard for public safety,” said Special Agent in Charge Todd Scott, head of DEA’s Louisville Division. “Nobody wants to live next to a clandestine drug lab.”
“West Virginia welcomes companies to bring good jobs and manufacturing operations to West Virginia, but not illegal drug manufacturing,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Too many young people are ruining their lives and damaging their bodies from steroid abuse. This is a very serious matter. I commend the excellent work of the DEA and all our law enforcement partners that assisted in this matter.”
DEA would like to thank the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Police Department, Huntington Police Department, Parkersburg Police Department, West Virginia State Police and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for their assistance with the operation.
This investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time.