it looks like shit has hit the fan with UG labs

this is the biggest concern:

“In the e-mail correspondence, beginning at least as early April 2006, Scarpa negotiated the purchase of the steroid powders, authorities said.” 

how did they get his email? I’m assuming this is a powders set up of a sort?
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Federal agents descended on a home on a quiet, residential street in the borough Thursday morning to break up a steroid-manufacturing operation, seizing 40,000 doses of the substance, guns and $56,000 in cash, authorities said.

Alfred Scarpa, 34, of 16 Rhode St., an electrician with two prior drug convictions in New Jersey, was arrested and charged with manufacturing and distributing steroids. The offense carries a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of as much as $250,000.

Scarpa made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Esther Salas in U.S. District Court, Newark, and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing Tuesday. His attorney, Thomas Moran of Paramus, did not return calls seeking comment.

A detention hearing determines whether a defendant is a flight risk or dangerous to the community. Scarpa is being held at Passaic County Jail in Paterson.

Rhode Street is a quiet neighborhood of split-level homes.

At about 5 p.m. Tuesday, agents were on the property bagging seized materials. Neighbors, who declined to be named, said Scarpa moved in a few years ago and lived there with his wife and young child. The family kept to themselves, those neighbors said.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration were involved in the raid, authorities said.

The drugs were allegedly manufactured in Scarpa’s basement, where federal agents discovered about 10,000 steroid tablets, authorities said.

According to a criminal complaint, they also found the hardware of a steroid factory: several large hand pumps, which were affixed to large brown glass bottles, and a centrifuge in the garage.

Liquid testosterone and 1.5 kilograms of raw steroid powders were among the material seized. Those raw steroid products were converted into ingestible steroids through the manufacturing process using oils and chemicals, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kirsch.

The products seized amounted to more than 40,000 doses of anabolic steroids, he said.

“This was a substantial, active operation,” Kirsch said of the factory. “It was inconspicuous, plain view in an open area of the basement.”

Kirsch called the investigation “active and ongoing” but declined to elaborate.

Agents also uncovered two semiautomatic handguns, a .40-caliber Springfield pistol and a .40-caliber Glock pistol, Kirsch said.

Scarpa also faces the possibility of federal weapons charges for possession of the firearms as a felon, Kirsch said.

Credit-card records showed Scarpa bought items from companies that sell laboratory supplies such as filtration systems, steroid-conversion kits and other devices used to make steroid pills, authorities said.

In the e-mail correspondence, beginning at least as early April 2006, Scarpa negotiated the purchase of the steroid powders, authorities said.

Agents obtained records showing transactions in which Scarpa wired money through Western Union to suppliers of anabolic steroid products, according to a criminal complaint. In 2000, Scarpa was convicted of a third-degree drug-manufacturing charge in Monmouth County. He received three years’ probation and a $2,000 fine, according to criminal records. Details of another conviction in Union County were not available Thursday night.

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