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Wednesday 17, Sep 2008

  Steroid dealer pleads guilty in Newark

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According to a report by the Daily News, a New Jersey resident pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids last Tuesday in a federal court in Newark.

Thirty-five-year old Anthony Scarpa reportedly manufactured steroids at his Sayreville home. He also pleaded guilty to an unlawful possession of firearms by a felon in court. Apparently, Scarpa has two previous felony convictions. Daily News provides the details on this news.

When Scarpa was arrested at his home on Sept. 20, 2007, according to a criminal complaint, FBI and DEA agents found “a substantial, active and ongoing laboratory used for the manufacturing of steroids.” Authorities say Scarpa, who lived in an upscale home on a quiet cul-de-sac, operated out of a basement filled with chemicals, tubs and vials. The agents found labeled and finished steroid products, raw steroid powders and a plastic receptacle containing more than 10,000 tablets of steroid products.

The agents also seized a .40-caliber Glock Model 23 semi-automatic pistol and a .40-caliber Springfield semi-automatic pistol.

Scarpa, who will be sentenced on Dec. 16, could be sentenced for up to five years in prison on the steroid count and 10 years for the firearms offense, said Robert Kirsch, the assistant United States attorney who prosecuted the case.

The now deceased David Jacobs had also operated his huge steroid production from his home in Plano, Texas. He had also owned a Glock .40 caliber automatic, which he used to kill himself after fatally shooting his on-again, off–again girlfriend on June 5, 2008. During the police investigation of the suicide-murder scene, authorities seized for Jacobs’ home 146 vials of steroids, a plastic jar containing suspected steroids, and three jars of clear liquid believed to contain steroids. Incidentally, Jacobs’ nickname was ‘Bulletproof’.

Thursday 11, Sep 2008

  NFL player linked to steroid ring dropped by New Orleans Saints

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nfl-steroidsThings are not looking good for Matt Lehr. Lehr was recently dropped from the roster of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

From the New Orleans Saints site:

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Sunday that the club has signed linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar to the active roster and terminated the contract of center Matt Lehr.

Dunbar, a rookie linebacker from the Boston College, signed with the Saints as a rookie free agent in April. The 6-foot, 226-pound native of Syracuse, N.Y. played in all four of the team’s preseason games this summer, making 16 tackles on defense and three more on special teams before being waived in the final round of cuts. He was re-signed to the practice squad September 1 and practiced with the team this week.

Lehr signed with team as a free agent this offseason after playing in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-2, 290-pound veteran offensive lineman saw action in all four preseason games as a reserve center.

We have devoted some articles on Lehr due to his ties with confessed steroid dealer David Jacobs of Plano, Texas. Jacobs had been very vocal of Lehr’s involvement with his steroid distribution network. The scandal had gained more notoriety when Jacobs killed himself and his on-again, off-again 30-year-old girlfriend Amanda Jo Earheart- Savell in June this year, soon after Jacobs got three years probation for distributing steroids. It was reported that Lehr had romantic relationship with Earheart-Savell, a figure competitor.

Before he committed the murder-suicide, the former bodybuilder met with NFL officials on two occasions and disclosed to them the names of NFL players whom he sold steroids to, particularly past and current players of the Dallas Cowboys.

After the murder-suicide, the league released a statement, offering condolences to the families of Jacobs and Earheart-Savell. Also, it said that officials were reviewing the information provided to them by Jacobs. The statement further read that: “It is premature to comment on any specific player at this time. Anyone found to have violated our policies will be subject to discipline, including suspension. We will continue to be responsive to any needs of law enforcement on this matter.”

Lehr was a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2001. He started 22 games over parts of four years before his release late in the 2004 season.
Ryan Fowler is another former Cowboys player who was linked with Jacobs’ steroid distribution ring. The league, however, had not followed through a letter sent to Fowler June this year. The letter stated that he was facing an investigation and possible suspension. Fowler, who is currently with Tennessee Titans, considered the investigation closed.

Tuesday 09, Sep 2008

  NFL’s 89th season – new rules, new steroid stories, and new team for good old Favre

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Since football is back, let’s talk about the highlights and sidelights of the NFL’s 89th season so far.

There is, of course, the retirement and unretirement of Brett Favre, which lent some melodrama to the usually action-packed league. Favre is now with the New York Jets. Then there are the new NFL rules for 2008, one of which is the use of instant replays to correct onfield officiating errors.

And there are the season-opening suspensions, which included New York Jets’ running back Jesse Chatman due to reported steroid use. He received a four-game suspension without pay for the infringement.  This incident prompted many to ask: “How is it that Chatman got suspended while Ryan Fowler is left unscathed for violation of NFL’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances?”

We reported just last month that Fowler was relieved that the league did not pursue his case of alleged use of steroids. He said NFL had initially scheduled a hearing regarding the case, but the meeting did not materialize. Did the NFL forget about it or did it decide not to pursue the case anymore? Lucky for Fowler, bad fate for Chatman.

Fowler, a linebacker for Tennessee, was implicated by the now deceased David Jacobs, the reported Texas-based steroid dealer to several NFL players.  Jacobs told The Dallas Morning News before he committed the murder-suicide case in June that he had supplied Fowler with drugs before and after the 2006 season and Jacobs also provided the NFL names of players who bought steroids from him. The list of names included Fowler and former Dallas lineman Matt Lehr.

NFL sent Fowler a letter that same month stating he faced an investigation and possible suspension. Now that the said investigation did not push through Fowler considers the case closed.

Monday 08, Sep 2008

  Two bodybuilders get three years probation for steroid trafficking

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David Jacobs may not be talking from the grave but he continues to drag more people into the mess he left behind. By mess we mean the steroid distribution network he created. His illegal activity also could have been the reason behind the murder-suicide he committed in June. Before he died, Jacobs had named names of individuals who are now under scrutiny, both from the public and the federal authorities.

Jacobs’ latest “haul” are two amateur bodybuilders who were sentenced for their involvement in said steroid distribution network.

Excerpts from the Dallas Morning News:

SHERMAN – A federal judge sentenced two amateur bodybuilders involved in the Plano steroids trafficking conspiracy to three years probation today and postponed final judgment on the third and final defendant until next month.

Brandon Mark Smith, who lives in the Dallas area, and Jamie Mongeau, of Wichita, Kan., both received three years probation and $2,000 fines for their roles in the steroid network run by David Jacobs.

After meeting before court this morning with Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Williams and defense attorney Kent Schaffer, Judge Schell announced that he was postponing sentencing for the final defendant, Houston bodybuilder and personal trainer Juan Carlos Ballivian, until Oct. 15. No explanation was given.

During their sentencing hearings, both Mr. Smith and Mr. Mongeau told Judge Schell that their time spent on the amateur bodybuilding circuit led to their steroid use.
“I felt like I did what I had to do,” Mr. Smith said. “Any person you see on stage in those competitions, even [California] governor [Arnold] Schwarzenegger, you can’t get to that size naturally. There’s not one of those people up there who doesn’t take performance enhancing drugs. I got wrapped up in the sport.”

“You need to find something else to do,” Judge Schell told him. Mr. Smith agreed.
Mr. Mongeau told Judge Schell that steroids caused him to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“I had to do it to be competitive in the sport,” he told the judge. “I’ve taken responsibility for what I’ve done. I’ll never go that way again.”

The case of Jacobs gained substantial media coverage because his illegal trade had NFL ties – he implicated several NFL players when he was arrested in April 2007. Jacobs, also a former bodybuilder, killed himself and his on-again, off-again fiancée, Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell in early June this year. The tragic incident took place at his Plano home shortly after he was sentenced to three years in probation and fined $25,000 on May 1.

After his sentencing, Jacobs stated that he wanted to make amends with his past misdeeds, saying he was ready to help clean up NFL. During his meeting with NFL’s security officials, he identified players he had supplied with PEDs. Jacobs also alleged that he taught some players on how to outsmart the league’s anti-doping programs.

The name of Matt Lehr came up and Jacobs had been very vocal about Lehr’s involvement with the steroid distribution ring. It was reported that the former Dallas lineman was romantically involved with Earheart-Savell, which caused some to speculate that jealousy played a part in the murder-suicide incident.

Lehr, who was already handed out a four-game suspension on October 17, 2006 due to violation of the NFL Substance Abuse Policy, had denied the steroid-related allegations of Jacobs. Lehr, however, admitted that he and Earheart-Savell had a romantic relationship.

Jacobs had provided NFL security officials with e-mails, cancelled checks and other documentary evidence from players he had dealings with, and thus conspiracy theories abound about the circumstances of his death. Many ask if it’s really a case of murder-suicide or a double homicide. According to police reports, Jacobs died of two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to his head and stomach. Multiple wounds, many say, are “uncommon” in suicide cases.

In April 2007, federal agents raided Jacobs’ home in Plano and yielded large amounts of PEDs, including 146 vials of steroids. Reportedly, Jacobs imported raw materials from China.

Sunday 17, Aug 2008

  NFL player Ryan Fowler considers his steroid case closed

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NFL-steroidsRyan Fowler must have released a big sigh of relief when his scheduled meeting regarding his alleged use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs was not pursued by the National Football League. This is according to the news by the AP.

Tennessee linebacker Ryan Fowler considers his steroids case with the NFL closed.

Fowler said Wednesday he hasn’t heard from the league since requesting a meeting to address allegations that he bought performance-enhancing drugs from a Texas-based steroids dealer in 2006. The NFL sent him a letter in June stating he faced an investigation and possible suspension.

Fowler said he assumes the probe has ended with no punishment planned.

“Until I hear anything else, that’s the way I’m looking at it right now,” Fowler said after practice. “I’m focusing on football. Until I hear anything else, I’ll assume it’s over.”
Fowler was linked to convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs, who was found dead with a female companion in his Plano, Texas, home in June in what police called a murder-suicide.

Jacobs told The Dallas Morning News before he died that he had supplied Fowler with drugs before and after the 2006 season, and he gave the NFL names of players who bought steroids from him.

In June this year, Jacobs killed his female companion Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell with seven gunshots from a .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock 22 that Jacobs also turned on himself. There were reports that say that jealousy played a significant role in the murder-suicide case. The two were reportedly dating each other on and off since 2007. It was alleged that the Earhart-Savell, a former figure competitor, was also romantically involved Matt Lehr, a former Dallas Cowboy lineman. Lehr, who currently plays with the New Orleans Saints, was one of the NFL players whom Jacobs implicated in the latter’s steroid distribution network.

In April 2007, Jacobs’ home was raided and federal authorities discovered that the former bodybuilder was producing and selling large amounts of steroids and other performance-enhancing compounds. It was reported that the authorities seized thousands of units of steroids during that operation. He later pleaded guilty in a Dallas federal court to steroid-distribution charges as part of his plea bargain with prosecutors. On May 2008, Jacobs got probation in exchange for his cooperation with the federal investigation of his steroid dealings. He was also told to pay a fine of $25,000.

The Jacobs’ case was part of the sweeping crackdown against distributors of anabolic steroids codenamed Operation Raw Deal in 2007. The operation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and resulted to raids across the U.S. and in other countries as well.

The NFL did not immediately respond to an e-mail from The Associated Press.

Fowler has denied using any performance-enhancing drugs. His attorney has pointed out that Fowler never tested positive for any banned substance and had requested to meet with the NFL.

The linebacker signed with Tennessee in 2007 as a restricted free agent and started 14 games before hurting his shoulder at Kansas City in December. He said he’s frustrated that the allegations came out and that he had to deal with the scrutiny.

“No matter what anybody says there’s going to be people who automatically assume guilty until proven innocent, which is sort of a tough pill to swallow,” Fowler said. “Now that it’s over, or seems to be over, I’m trying to move on past it.”

Fowler was born in May 20, 1982 in Redington Shores and Florida. Fowler signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 2007 and in it was in June 9, 2008 when he was implicated in a steroid scandal that has rocked the NFL. Fowler and Lehr are just two of several NFL players whom Jacobs said he supplied with steroids and PEDs.

Jacobs stated that he advised several NFL players on how to skirt the league’s drug testing programs. He said he instructed the players to have team doctors to write them for prescription drugs that would mask steroid use. He specifically mentioned finasteride, a drug prescribed for men suffering from alopecia or hair loss.

The use of steroids and performance boosters has been a big concern in the NFL for decades now. The organization began testing for these substances in the late 1980s, specifically during the 1987 season. NFL started issuing suspensions during the 1989 season. In 1992, this issue has grabbed public attention because of the death of Lyle Alzado, who played defensive line for Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Denver Broncos during the 1970s and early 1980s. Alzado died of brain cancer and blamed his use of anabolic steroids for his disease. His team of doctors, however, said that anabolic steroids did not contribute to his death.

Use of steroids and PEDs are also documented in high school and collegiate levels.

Tuesday 22, Jul 2008

  Love triangle – likely angle to murder-suicide of steroid dealer, female bodybuilder

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david-jacobs-steroidsIt would seem that jealousy played a role in the murder-suicide case of steroid dealer David Jacobs. Jacobs killed Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell last month with seven gunshots from a .40-caliber semiautomatic Glock 22 that Jacobs also turned on himself. The two were reportedly dating each other on and off since last year.

In May, Jacobs got probation in exchange for his cooperation in the federal investigation of his steroid distribution network. Prior to his death, however, Jacobs has provided only a single name for the investigators – Matt Lehr. Lehr is a former Dallas Cowboy lineman and currently plays with the New Orleans Saints.

Why only Lehr, many asked.

Jacobs said he felt Lehr and his lawyer were untruthful about the NFL player’s role in Jacobs’ steroid distribution network. Plus the fact that Jacobs was jealous of Lehr because of the Lehr’s interest with Earhart-Savell.

Earhart-Savell’s family and friends said Jacobs might have found evidence of a budding romance between his girlfriend and Lehr. Jacobs himself had revealed to The Dallas Morning News that he had suspected the two were interested in each other for months.

“She was in love with me, and I loved her,” said Lehr in a recent interview, the first time he publicly acknowledged his relationship with the deceased figure competitor. Lehr, however, still refused to provide any comments on Jacobs’ steroid allegations.
Lehr was suspended in 2006 for using steroids.

Monday 16, Jun 2008

  Dead Steroid Dealer supplier NFL titans

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It turns out the famous steroid dealer David Jacobs had been a major player in the steroid industry that supplied the NFL.   Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler was going to buy steroids from him but it seems at the last moment he decided it was “illegal” claiming he never bought any drugs from Jacobs (neither steroids nor HGH).

In his defense the obvious steroid and HGH user Ryan Fowler said he doesn’t use steroids and never tested positive for steroids or any other banned substance – we find that hard to believe, but heck people believe stranger things.

“He’s never tested positive for any banned substance,” the lawyer told the AP. “The accusations are without any basis.”

So is Ryan Fowler guilty of using performance enhancing drugs? short answer, YES! but will it be figured out? only time will tell.  Best that congress lays off steroids and moves to better business.

Monday 16, Jun 2008

  Steroid dealer questioned by NFL investigators

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David Jacobs steroidsA day after his sentencing, David Jacobs got a visit from NFL investigators. Jacobs was quoted in New York Times: “They wanted to know what information I had and what other documentary evidence I could provide them with. I told them I was not going to talk specifics without my lawyer present. They wanted to know a list of players I dealt with and knew, and I told them I didn’t feel comfortable doing that.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has stated that, indeed, said meeting took place and that future meetings are sure to take place.

Jacobs was the ring leader of the Texas-based steroid distribution network. Based on his confession, he had supplied anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs to NFL players. He said he sold steroids and human growth hormone directly to NFL offensive lineman Matt Lehr and another NPL player. The players, in turn, supplied said compounds to a handful of NFL players.

Lat year, Jacobs pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. On May 1 this year, he was sentenced to three year’s probation and a $25,000 fine in Sherman, Texas. Two other co-conspirators, including Jacob’s former girlfriend, were sentenced along with him. Both of them were likewise sentenced to probation and fined.

Jacobs’s home-based business used to be one of the largest steroid producers in Texas. His illegal trade came to a halt in April 2007 when federal agents raided his home and confiscated thousands of units of steroids. Later, as part of Operation Raw Deal, a nationwide investigation of the importation and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids.

According to one newspaper account, it was a bad packaging that had lead to the downfall of the steroid kingpin. On March 19, 2007, the United Parcel Service intercepted a soggy package sent from Jacobs’ Plano home, bound for Wichita, Kansas. When officials opened the box, they found a broken glass vial of what turned out to be steroids.

Sunday 15, Jun 2008

  Steroids dealer, co-conspirators sentenced to probation

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David Jacobs steroidsDavid Jacobs, of Plano, Tex., was sentenced to probation on May 1 for selling anabolic steroids. Jacobs pleaded guilty last year in federal court to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

There are other six co-defendants, who have also pleaded guilty to charges against them. Two other co-defendants were sentenced together with Jacobs. Their probation came with monetary fines.

Jacobs got three years’ probation with a $25,000 fine. Amber Jarrell (Jacob’s former girlfriend), 37, also of Plano, got three years’ probation and a $1,000 fine. Matt Williams, 39, of Dallas, who helped bottle and store the steroids, also got three years and a $10,000 fine.

The other four co-conspirators are Andrew Schenck of Dallas; Juan Carlos Ballivian of Houston; Brandon Mark Smith of the Dallas area; and Jamie Mongeau of Wichita, Kan. All four are awaiting sentencing.

Right after his sentencing hearing, Jacobs was very vocal about his willingness to help clean up the professional football league. “I want to help them understand the loopholes, how I was able to help people beat the tests, and how prevalent steroid use is,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs was a former bodybuilder who confessed that he had taught a couple of NFL players on how to exploit NFL loopholes concerning anabolic steroids use and testing policies. According to Jacobs, he had advised several NFL players on how to elude drug screening. He said to the athletes that they should ask their team doctors to prescribe them finasteride, a drug used to treat baldness. Jacobs said, “The excuse they did it under was that the players were losing their hair because they were taking their helmets on and off.” Finasteride is not among NFL’s banned substances.

According to a New York Times article, Jacobs has sold about a thousand of his own bottles of steroids and another thousand kits of human growth hormone smuggled from China to dealers across the United States. According to Jacobs, among the dealers he supplied were two NFL players, one who of which was offensive lineman Matt Lehr. The two players would then supply a number of other NFL players with the banned substances.

Saturday 10, May 2008

  How to Elude Doping Tests

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steroids_sportsThe professional sports scene is constantly rocked by news of elite athletes using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids. Among the recent popular athletes who have become more controversial because of steroid use is Tammy Thomas, the Olympic cyclist who has been found guilty of perjury just last month because of steroid use. Barry Bonds is likely to face trial next year for similar crimes. The Greek weightlifting team joined the roster of those unfortunate juiced souls who failed drug screening.

Athletes may have the talent to dodge an incoming blow or tackle a feisty opponent, but they are really having a hard time in eluding drug screening. Many grapple for a way to keep their steroid use a secret. The following are just some of the routes athletes take to avoid detection. Remember that these are not foolproof means – there is always the risk of being caught while you’re on steroids.

• Tell your team doctor to write you a prescription. This the advise of steroid sage David Jacobs. Jacobs, a former bodybuilder, is now under probation for supplying steroids to NFL players. According to Jacobs, he has taught several NFL players on how to elude drug screening. He said the athletes should ask their team doctors to prescribe them finasteride, a drug used to treat baldness. Jacobs said, “The excuse they did it under was that the players were losing their hair because they were taking their helmets on and off,” Finasteride is not among NFL’s banned substances.

• One of the classic methods of dodging doping tests is to discontinue use of steroids before a test. However, the success of this technique relies on the type of steroids you use. Keep in mind that injectable steroids typically remain active much longer than their oral counterparts. You might have a problem also if the tests are conducted randomly.

• You can use compounds that disguise, decrease, or delete steroid metabolites. These compounds include urisoric agents, corticosteroids, estrogens, oral contraceptives, and various diuretics.

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