Feds bust massive steroid ring tied to Surprise gym - Tucson News Now

Feds bust massive steroid ring tied to Surprise gym

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SURPRISE, AZ (CBS5) -

The owner of a Surprise fitness facility is under arrest, accused of operating a steroid ring.

Members of the gym said they're shocked he is accused of operating one of the largest steroid operations in Arizona history.

The doors are now shut tight at Desired Physiques. But the Drug Enforcement Agency said the place was a hotbed for illegal steroid sales.

In "Operation Bad Mussels," they served several search warrants at the gym Thursday, as well as the home of the owner, 39-year-old Blaine Radke.

Agents said they seized more than 110 pounds of steroids in vials and capsules, raw powder from China, computers, guns, vehicles, a residence, and more than $150,000.

Radke is accused of supplying hundreds of customers with the drug using online bodybuilding blogs and forums. He would encourage them to send cash to various P.O. boxes, or via wire transfer.

A sign on the gym's door said they're closed because of family issues and the holiday weekend and that they'll reopen Monday.

In all, eight people in five states were indicted in this ring, with charges ranging from distribution of controlled substances to money laundering.

The others indicted are: 44-year-old Ismael Gonzalez aka: Mike Gonzalez of Surprise, AZ; 33-year-old Joshua Ryan Leno of Omaha, NE; 52-year-old Duane Lee McGill of Charlotte, MI; 45-year-old Gregory Alexander Chambers of Franklin, TN; 41-year-old Chad Vincent Desjarlais of Melbourne, FL; 24-year-old Kanisha Nichelle Stewart of Surprise, AZ and 43-year-old Dena Jo Olsen of Surprise, AZ.

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