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Steroid Sting Could Affect Iowa Gyms

DES MOINES, IA -- An Iowa man was arrested in connection with an alleged steroid manufacturing operation that may affect bodybuilders in some of Iowa’s gyms and fitness clubs.

Dale Douglas Kinkade was taken into custody last weekend and was charged with possession of intent to deliver steroids, manufacturing steroids and carrying a weapon in a vehicle without a permit, according to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines narcotics officials raided the operation in Urbandale, IA, and seized more than 100 vials of liquid steroids as well as thousands of steroids in tablet and capsule form, the newspaper reported.

Des Moines narcotics investigator Tony Ballantini told the Register that Kinkade allegedly was buying steroids in powder form from China and the Philippines and that the products were shipped to a West Des Moines post office box.

“He had a pharmacy, basically,” Ballantini said. “He was making his own pills.”

One vial of liquid steroids is likely worth $100 to $150, investigators say, but the total value of the items seized has yet to be determined.

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