The DEA arrested 90 people connected to over 30 different U.S. investigations into the global trade of performance-enhancing drugs, according to an agency press release on Tuesday. The investigations and enforcement, which the DEA is calling Operation Cyber Juice, were carried out in 20 U.S. states in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Europol, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The main focus, in the majority of cases, was on the sale and trafficking of anabolic steroids, a large portion of which originated in China.
“By partnering with USADA and the DEA in this major steroid operation, WADA has been able to prevent potentially harmful steroid substances from getting into the hands of athletes looking for an edge,” WADA Director General David Howman said in the press release. “This is a good example of anti-doping and law enforcement working well together to further their own efforts of reducing doping and protecting public health.”
In its announcement, the DEA said it discovered 16 underground steroid labs, 134,000 steroid dosage units, 636 kilograms of raw steroid powder, 8,200 liters of raw steroid injectable liquid, and over $2 million in U.S. currency and assets in the course of their investigations. Four of those labs were found in Arizona, along with 150,000 steroid pills and 5,000 vials, according to Fox 10 Phoenix.
“Too many young people are ruining their lives and damaging their bodies from steroid abuse,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said in the press release. “Through Operation Cyber Juice, DEA is attacking the global underground steroid market, exposing its danger and lies.”