George Mitchell, even with "all the power of the Commissioner's office," hasn't gotten anywhere. The United States Congress barely got anywhere. But the Albany County district attorney doesn't mess around. His office has arrested a whole slew of doctors around the country who have been allegedly shipping steroids to professional athletes throughout the country.
The alleged names include a Pittsburgh Steelers doctor who bought $150,000 worth of HGH and testosterone on his personal credit card, boxing heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield (who used the name "Evan Fields" when ordering), and (surprise, surprise) Gary Matthews, Jr. who, if guilty, has shown the world exactly how to make $50 million with the help of steroids.
This has got to be the biggest story that the Albany Times-Union has broken in decades. And they have five web pages of details. So I'll send you their way after giving you a taste:
"The unprecedented inquiry, led by Albany County's district attorney, has taken New York narcotics agents and an Orlando-based federal task force deep inside a maze of shadowy pharmacies and Web sites that have reaped millions of dollars in profits by allegedly exploiting federal and state prescription laws, according to court records.
"More than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and business owners have been, or will be, arrested in the coming days in Alabama, Texas, Florida and New York on sealed indictments charging them with various felonies for unlawfully distributing steroids and other controlled substances, records show.
"The Times Union has learned that investigators in the year-old case, which has been kept quiet until now, uncovered evidence that testosterone and other performance-enhancing drugs may have been fraudulently prescribed over the Internet to current and former Major League Baseball players, National Football League players, college athletes, high school coaches, a former Mr. Olympia champion and another leading contender in the bodybuilding competition."
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