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05-27-09, 08:54 PM #1
Florida cops arrest "biggest steroid provider in Central Florida". Among others, he had the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals as clients
LAKELAND - The U.S. Attorney's Office is reviewing a case against two alleged steroid dealers, but agency spokesman Steve Cole said he can't speculate on if or when charges will be filed.
Polk Count Sheriff's deputies said they have plenty of evidence that Richard "Andy" Thomas and his wife, Sandra, were big-time steroid dealers. But they're still trying to determine whether Richard Thomas was telling the truth when he said he is the biggest steroid provider in Central Florida and that he sold mostly to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals hockey team and Washington Nationals baseball team.
The Thomases, who live in Lakeland, were arrested Tuesday after a tip from the Philadelphia office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sheriff Grady Judd said that detectives seized an estimated $200,000 in illegal steroids when the pair was arrested.
They will have their first appearance in court at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Messages seeking comment weren't immediately returned by Major League Baseball.
Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten said the team is using its resources to learn more about the case, according to the Washington Times. Capitals defenseman Donald Brashear told Baltimore radio station WJFK-AM he wasn't aware of steroid use by teammates.
"The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players were subjected to no-notice testing three times in each of the past two seasons pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and there was no indication of any improper conduct or wrongdoing," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.
"Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation."
Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals president, said his team has no reason to believe Thomas' allegations have merit. But he also said his team takes such accusations seriously.
"Capitals players have fully participated in the NHL's random drug testing program, and at no point has a Capitals player tested positive," Patrick said in a statement. "In addition our players have been tested at international events, such as World Championships and Olympics. We welcome and will fully cooperate with the NHL's investigation."
At a Tuesday night news conference announcing their arrest, Polk County sheriff's officials were surrounded by thousands of doses of anabolic steroids.
Richard and Sandra Thomas are each charged with 10 counts of possession of anabolic steroids with intention to sell and deliver; one count of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony; 10 counts of importation of anabolic steroids in Florida; and one count of maintaining a residence for selling drugs.
Authorities also confiscated a variety of weapons, which Richard Thomas told investigators were for his personal protection, Judd said.
Judd said far from being uncooperative, Thomas openly bragged about selling steroids, though he wouldn't name names.
"I can tell you this, there will be a whole lot of people puckered up after the morning news,'" Judd said.
The sheriff said when Thomas was asked whether he had sold steroids to professional athletes, he replied, "You name the sport, and I've sold steroids to athletes who play it."
Investigators seized a computer in the Thomas' home. It will take time to analyze information on it, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said today.
Judd said it was Polk's largest seizure of steroids and one of the largest in the region. He said Thomas told investigators he bought the steroids from around the world.
Sheriff's officials said the Thomases lived at 1087 Stoney Creek Drive.
Neighbor Adam Rodgers said the people who live two doors from him appeared to be normal, quiet folks who always stayed in their home. He never saw anything strange there.
After hearing investigators accuse the Thomases of being steroid dealers with possible ties to professional athletes, Rodgers said today, "I was just shocked."
Richard Thomas was a member and regular customer of Gold's Gym on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland.
Kathy Neel, the gym's co-owner, said Thomas re-enrolled at the gym April 17, and that while Thomas claimed to be a personal trainer, he did not work at Gold's.
Steroids are generally an underground business, and if Thomas was selling steroids, he was probably doing it from another location besides the gym, Neel said.
Ivan L. Ortiz-Delgado, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed today that his agency took a case against the Thomases to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He said ICE is investigating the case. He gave no further comment.
05-27-09, 09:24 PM #2
So how many Police Officers do you think will come up when they search his computer? Have you looked around your department lately and noticed some of the fella's are huge? Not natural huge, but HUGE? I guess it depends on the size of your department, but I've seen some really big guys out there. And it isn't from eating chicken breasts and drinking protein shakes. And Hitting the gym 4-5 days a week isn't going to pack on the mass that some of these guys have. Just a humble observation.The six o'clock ruleI tell them to act according to the six o'clock rule, a phrase that causes most of them to say, "Huh?"
I tell them to use this little test before they decide to do something. If they were to do what they're thinking about, and it became the lead story on the six o'clock news, would they be proud? Would their department be proud, and would their family be proud? It's a simple way to live your life both personally and professionally.
"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain
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