Bay County Sheriff’s Office Warns About Anabolic Steroids Contaminated with Fungus

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The Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has suggested that possible contamination at an underground laboratory (UGL) that manufactured anabolic steroids could lead to fungal meningitis. After a six-month investigation, the BCSO recently arrested three individuals who operating the UGL known as Spartan Laboratories. As is usually the case with anabolic steroid UGLs, the products are not manufactured in sterile conditions.

According to BCSO Captain Chris Bell, the Spartan Lab steroids were manufactured in the kitchen and bedroom(s) of two residences.

“None of it’s done in any kind of sterile environment… it’s done with very little science involved,” said Bell. “It is being manufactured in a kitchen, in a house, in a bedroom somewhere… then sold to people to inject to try to get bigger and stronger.”

BCSO obtained search warrants to raid the two residences after reportedly learning of bodybuilders who injected Spartan Lab products and developed unspecified health problems.

“The potential to spread fungus and the bacteria was our main concern in this case… that people would be injecting this stuff and in a short window of time be dead,” said Bell.

While the risks associated with contaminated anabolic steroids are of legitimate concern, there has been no evidence to suggest that intramuscularly-administered anabolic steroids could lead to fungal meningitis.

BCSO warning is an overreaction to the nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that claimed the lives of over thirty-six individuals. That outbreak has been linked to contaminated epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate. The contaminated products were manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC).

Methylprednisolone acetate is a synthetic corticosteroid and NOT an anabolic steroid.

The delivery method for this type of injection is entirely different than that of injectable steroids.

The methylprednisolone acetate solution was injected directly into the central nervous system (i.e. epidural injection).

Anabolic steroids are injected intramuscularly.

The risk of fungal meningitis is rare. It can occur when a contaminated solution is injected directly into the central nervous system. But not when injected intramuscularly.


Brown, J.M. (December 11, 2012). BCSO Busts Steroid Manufacturing Operation. Retrieved from