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									                            PRESS RELEASE
                   OKLAHOMA BUREAU OF NARCOTICS
                    AND DANGEROUS DRUGS CONTROL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2010
CONTACT: OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD, (405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031


  LARGE STERIODS LAB DISMANTLED IN CLEVELAND COUNTY

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s
Department have shut down a large steroids lab. The joint investigation over
the past two months involved a search warrant served at a home in Moore
(417 Madison Court) on Wednesday, April 28th. Inside the home, agents
found steroid powder, liquid steroid compounds, unused glass vials, vial
sealer, scales, unused pill capsules, pill capsule presses, syringes, drug
ledgers, and labeling equipment capable of producing hundreds of vials of
steroids.

“There is tremendous black market for steroids within certain bodybuilding
circles throughout Oklahoma.”
                                   ---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Woodward says three people were arrested Wednesday in connection with
the steroids manufacturing and distribution. They are identified as Dakota
Epperly (DOB 9/18/1986), Marcus Wade (DOB 5/15/1983 and Cortny
Choate (DOB 9/3/1989). They were booked into the Cleveland County jail
where they face charges of Conspiracy to Manufacture CDS Steroids, and
Possession of CDS Steroids with Intent to Distribute. The penalties carry up
to life in prison. Additional charges of violating the Oklahoma Drug Money
Laundering/Wire Transmitter Act may also be filed in the case.

During the investigation, Woodward says agents made undercover buys of
steroids from the defendants, as well as some Ecstasy and cocaine.
Information gathered in the case indicates the steroid powder was being
ordered on-line from China. Upon arrival, the defendants would use other
components to convert the powder to finished steroids then sell the vials to
bodybuilders in the Oklahoma City area and on the west coast. Woodward
says the defendants were manufacturing their own brand of steroids called
“Red Line”. According to Woodward, additional arrests are possible as the
   investigation continues into those purchasing the “Red Line” steroids from
   the defendants.




Dakota Epperly DOB 9 18/1986                   Marcus Wade DOB 5/15/1983

								
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