No Teens Identified in Steroid Ring Targeting High School Athletes

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Law enforcement officers and local news media in Ohio have been publicizing the bust of a major steroid ring that targeted high school athletes. The Warren County Drug Task Force and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office have done everything possible to create the perception that the 32 people indicted in the steroid operation were preying on teenage athletes in local area high schools. However, this perception may be misleading.

The two-year undercover investigation apparently never identified a single high school student that was involved in the use of steroids. Major John Burke, the Drug Task Force commander, asserted that high school students were “definitely involved” but admitted that the investigation failed to find any such students.

“The undercover officer said high school folks were definitely involved, but we were never able to identify who they were or what school they were from,” said Burke. “It’s not something we get involved with because we deal with the highest level of drug trafficking.”

Apparently, there was a rumor that high school students were buying steroids at the YMCA. This rumor initiated the two-year investigation after the local YMCA president reported this to authorities. Police planted an undercover officer at the YMCA who posed as a bodybuilder trying to infiltrate the local steroid scene.

Major Burke suggested that the investigation may have ignored any high school students using steroids since his team only focused on the highest level of the steroid distribution chain.

The investigation did identify at least two professional athletes that used steroids. Burke hinted that his office may reveal the names of the pro athletes involved. It was unclear if the pro athletes were simple end-users or active participants in the further distribution of steroids.

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Photo credit: Dayton Daily News


Richter, Ed. (November 7, 2011). Complaint about activity at YMCA sparked steroid ring investigation. Retrieved from–1278518.html