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  • GETTING RIPPED

    Police say steroid seizure likely is largest in Medford history
  • A Medford man faces felony counts for selling 18,000 doses of illegal steroids and hundreds of doses of drugs that help with male sexual dysfunction. Medford police say they believe it's the largest steroid case in the department's history and think the drugs likely would have been sold to bodybuilders looking to "get ripped."
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  • A Medford man faces felony counts for selling 18,000 doses of illegal steroids and hundreds of doses of drugs that help with male sexual dysfunction. Medford police say they believe it's the largest steroid case in the department's history and think the drugs likely would have been sold to bodybuilders looking to "get ripped."
    Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement, or MADGE, investigators are still investigating how Rafael Rene Fernandez, 39, received such large amounts of liquid anabolic steroid, Viagra and Cialis.
    These drugs require a prescription to obtain, MADGE Lt. Brett Johnson said.
    "We believe (Fernandez) was getting these drugs through the mail," Johnson said.
    On Wednesday, MADGE investigators served a search warrant at Fernandez's house on Cedar Links Drive. They found 18,000 doses of liquid anabolic steroid, 250 doses of Viagra, and 1.8 pounds of a white powder believed to be Viagra and Cialis, Johnson said.
    Investigators believe Fernandez was essentially operating an illicit pharmacy out of his home, Johnson said.
    "He was making the capsules himself and blending the steroids with sterile water to make it into a larger quantity product," Johnson said.
    The steroids and capsules were placed in homemade packaging labeled "Superior Labs," a company name that Fernandez concocted, perhaps to give his products an image of legitimacy.
    MADGE found sales records and $15,707 in cash, which is believed to be the proceeds of drug sales, Johnson said.
    "It looked to be quite a profitable business for him based on the proceeds we found at the house," Johnson said. "However, he was not a doctor or a pharmacist."
    MADGE is investigating whether Fernandez had any local buyers. It is believed he was selling to people from out of the area, based on the amount of drugs found inside the home.
    "We think he was packaging it and selling it to other dealers across the country," Johnson said.
    This is most likely the largest steroid bust in Medford police history, Johnson said.
    "We've never had an anabolic steroid case this large," he said. "We've caught people with user quantities, but never dealer quantity like this."
    Johnson said the availably of the drugs through the mail is troubling.
    "You can certainly find this stuff and order it from other countries," Johnson said.
    MADGE is working to find out the estimated street value of each steroid dose. The agency is taking a crash course on steroid economics, Johnson said.
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