An eight-year veteran police officer with the Clinton Township Police Department (Michigan) was charged with possession of anabolic steroids without a valid prescription. The illegal steroid was identified as methandrostenolone. The drug is more commonly referred to as Dianabol or D-bol. Patrolman Christopher Weaver was suspended from the police force during the course of a two-month internal affairs investigation into his alleged steroid use.
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III told the media that the charges against Weaver were not the result of any incident that occurred on the job. The investigation focused on specific alleged off-duty conduct.
In fact, Weaver’s performance as a police officer has been praised over the years by his superiors at the department. Lt. Doug Higgins told the Star-Ledger newspaper in 2009 that Weaver did not display any of the stereotypical behavior associated with hypermuscularity and strength e.g. aggression and violence.
“His demeanor is more laid back and easy-going,” said Lt. Higgins. “When you look at him, he’s a big guy, but he doesn’t have that aggressive attitude to go with it. He brings a sense of calm into most situations.”
Weaver has been a competitive powerlifter for over a decade. Weaver competed in contests organized by USA Powerlifting (USAP), formerly called American Drug Free Powerlifting Association. Weaver set the USAP New Jersey state record in the squat in the 275-pound weight class at the USA Powerlifting’s New Jersey Championships on April 5, 2009. He recorded lifts of 722, 677 and 413 pounds in the squat, deadlift and bench press, respectively.
It would seem that a “laid back and easy-going” police officer with a spotless record and the ability to lift a car and pull a 15,000 pound ambulance across a parking lot would be an incredible asset for the Clinton Township Police. Unfortunately for Weaver, the department did not agree and decided to pursue the powerlifter for the off-duty alleged personal use of steroids .
Slaght, V. (April 5, 2012). Clinton Township police officer trains for national powerlifting competition. Retrieved from http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2009/07/clinton_cop_pulls_more_than_hi.html