swedish_police_steroidsA massive anti-doping operation was conducted by the Swedish police last week that had led to the arrest of 40 people and seizure of large quantities of anabolic steroids, weapons and ammunition. Several people were also brought in for questioning.

According to The Local, authorities conducted pre-dawn raids across the country to dismantle a large doping ring.

The incident that precipitated the nationwide investigation was the arrest of a 25-year-old man who attempted to flee the country with a bag full of money. The man was apprehended by the police on August 13 in Malmö. The suspect had also with him the name and residence address of a 51-year-old Gavle resident. Following up on that information police arrested the 51-year-old man and his girlfriend and they were put under custody for doping offenses.

“We found large quantities of doping drugs and we received signals that his sales basically encompassed the whole of Sweden and took place over the internet,” said Pär Langer of the Gävleborg police department.

The 51-year-old suspect’s computer was seized and reportedly authorities succeeded retrieving significant data that led to subsequent raids and interrogations of persons of interest.

Authorities from police departments in several districts and from the Sweden’s National Investigation have been working to discover the identity of the customers of the suspects already in custody.

“There’s much to suggest that this is the biggest doping scandal to have ever taken place in Sweden,” said Langer.

The Stockholm area seemed to be the center of the illegal trade; it was there where large number of drug sales took place that involved sales of anabolic steroids by individuals linked to fitness and bodybuilding establishments.