Angel Memo Heredia Steroids

I shouldn’t have made that phone call – must be what keeps repeating on Trevor Graham’s head for weeks now.

The former elite sprint coach is on trial for lying to government authorities in 2004 when he said he didn’t know Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia beyond that one phone conversation he had with the confessed steroid dealer. Heredia is now the prosecution’s ace witness against Graham.

It was Graham who blew the whistle on BALCO, a company headquartered in Burlingame, California, which has steamrolled the investigation of one of the biggest steroid scandal in the U.S. It all began when Graham made an anonymous phone call to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in June 2003. He divulged juicy details on doping activity of quite a number of athletes, and two things immediately caught USADA’s attention. First, that athletes were using a steroid that could pass detection. Second, the name Victor Conte. Conte was the founder and owner of BALCO, a sports medicine and nutritional supplement company. Conte also has ties with several professional sports organizations and popular athletes. Graham said Conte was the source of the undetectable steroid.

It was also Graham who brought a syringe with traces of the designer steroid, which was known as The Clear by its users. The Clear was later identified by investigators as tetrahydrogestrinone or THG. Subsequently, search and seizure were conducted by federal agents that uncovered the massive use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by American and European athletes from diverse competitive sports. MLB players Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi; cyclist Tammy Thomas; track and field stars Tim Montgomery, Marion Jones, and Kelli White; NFL’s Barrett Robbins, Chris Cooper, and Dana Stubblefield were just some of the those implicated in said steroid scandal.

Several of the personalities involved have already served their sentence, including Conte and BALCO’s chemist Patrick Arnold. It was Arnold who developed The Clear. Meanwhile, other personalities like Marion Jones are currently on federal institutions because of BALCO-related crimes.

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