As a drug, you normally only hear about anabolic steroids when athletes take them illegally to supposedly give them an advantage in their sport, but now a Scioto County man has been arrested on multiple counts of drug trafficking related to the distribution of anabolic steroids in a case that involved the FBI.
Heath Anthony Steele, 33, of 2513 Argonne Rd., Portsmouth has been indicted by a Scioto County grand jury on multiple counts of drug trafficking and drug possession as well as a count of the illegal manufacture of drugs and the funding of drug trafficking. The offenses are considered felonies of either the second or third degrees
According to law enforcement sources, after a case had been presented to a Scioto County grand jury by the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force and the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office in November 2016, an arrest warrant on indictment was issued for Steele’s arrest by the Scioto County Common Pleas Court.
The investigation by the task force, along with narcotics detectives with the Columbus Police Department and agents with the FBI, lead to the indictment and resulted in the seizure of numerous anabolic steroids and over $19,000 cash during the execution of a federal search warrant at Steele’s residence by task force officers assisted by officers with the Portsmouth Police Department in October of 2015.
On December 14, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Steele was arrested without incident by officers with the New Boston Police Department and placed in the Scioto County Jail.
“Anabolic steroids are for physical fitness,” Captain John Murphy of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the National Institutes of Health, anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. The proper term for these compounds is anabolic-androgenic steroids. “Anabolic” refers to muscle building, and “androgenic” refers to increased male sex characteristics. Some common names for anabolic steroids are Gear, Juice, Roids, and Stackers.
People who abuse anabolic steroids usually take them orally or inject them into the muscles. These doses may be 10 to 100 times higher than doses prescribed to treat medical conditions. Steroids are also applied to the skin as a cream, gel, or patch.
Anabolic steroids work differently from other drugs of abuse; they do not have the same short-term effects on the brain. The most important difference is that steroids do not trigger rapid increases in the brain chemical dopamine, which causes the “high” that drives people to abuse other substances.
Murphy said Steele is waiting to be arraigned in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.
Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force can contact the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.