By Admin – Steroidal.com
The owner of a research company offering ancillary compounds and supplement company offering designer steroids and prohormones has been targeted by police.
According to Journalist Jim Mustian of the New Orleans Advocate, the investigation targeting a Louisiana couple for steroid distributing has gone up a notch.
Edward and Natalie Barton are behind well known PHP Supplements, Celtic Labs and research companies Purity Solutions (now defunct) and Liquid Research. PHP Supplements allegedly sold designer steroids such as Superdrol and various clones, whilst their two research companies sold prescription only drugs such as, Tamoxifen, Clomid, Anastrozole and Exemestane for “research only” and “not for human consumption”.
The 4-year investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been gathering pace as more alleged offences have come to light. Targeting their online sales and social media accounts, the Barton’s operation was on a large scale and out of a local warehouse.
The new investigation begun in 2012 and is going after the ways in which the Barton’s have marketed and labeled their bodybuilding supplements/compounds. Like many designer and prohormone suppliers before the new Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act 2015 (DASCA), manufactures altered the chemical makeup of real anabolic steroids creating legal clones and analogues. Some fell foul and ended up getting jail time and authorities are still perusing others.
Undercover officials had purchased anabolic steroids analogues from their online websites and in person. Whilst surveillance was put on their shipment warehouse. Court documents also state the raw hormones powders were from China (like underground labs) and finished products sent all over the world.
Brian Phillips, a DEA task force officer said: “”Pursuant to trash pulls, my team has recovered invoices and other documents showing shipments of these substances all over the world.”
This isn’t the first time the Barton’s have had a encounter with law enforcement, back in 2004 they were charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (anabolic steroids), possession of marijuana and GBL and being in possession of chemicals with a minor present. However, to the DEA’s frustration, no charges stuck and all were dropped federal and state wide.
The new investigation is still treading on thin ice. The Barton’s weren’t selling anabolic steroids such as, Dianabol, Trenbolone and Deca Durabolin, nor any injectables like a UGL. But clones and analogues of synthetic steroids, prohormones and designer steroids, this will prove problematic for the DEA and s far; no charges have been brought forward.