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10 Accused Of Selling Anabolic Steroids In NY-Based Ring

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Authorities say they've arrested 10 men in connection with a New York-based ring involved in selling anabolic steroids and money laundering since 2011.  

Federal prosecutors say the conspiracy was based in the Binghamton area, where four suspects live.

They pleaded not guilty at arraignments Wednesday.

Each could face at least 10 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to distribute the drug.

Other defendants were arrested in Georgia, Florida, New Jersey and Delaware.

Anabolic steroids are synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone that can be legally prescribed.

Some athletes, bodybuilders and others have taken them illicitly to enhance performance and build muscle mass.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse says they can become addictive, and long-term use can lead to mood swings, aggression and kidney and liver damage.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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