Investigators: "Key Player" in Illegal Steriod Ring Off Streets
Investigators seized over 200 vials of steriods
Investigators describe Anthony Acome as a "key player" in an extensive manufacturing operation of steroids in Douglas County. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE -- Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies worked with Papillion Police, La Vista Police and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to take down they say is supplying lots of steroids to people right here in Omaha. Investigators busted 40-year old Anthony Acome on Tuesday for Delivery of a controlled substance, Possession with intent to deliver and Possession of a firearm while delivering a controlled substance.
Investigators describe Anthony Acome as a "key player" in an extensive manufacturing operation of steroids in Douglas County. KMTV Action 3 News spoke with one of the undercover officers who worked on the case. For his safety, we're not going to name him. "We've heard that there are steroids out there but until we started getting into this one it was amazing how kinda wide spread it is," the man said.
He added, "The quantities that we seized from the actual arrest location was 200 vials."
The street value for one of those vial of steroids, he explained, is anywhere from $60 to $80 - the cost to make one vial is $3 to $5.
Douglas County Chief Deputy Marty Bilek says Acome purchased ingredients on the Internet. Bilek stated, "The drug dealers have found a way to circumvent laws in the United States where they can obtain these types of chemicals overseas to order them and have them shipped here."
A quick on-line search, turns-up several recipes for steroids.
KMTV Action 3 News asked the undercover man if Anthony Acome was he selling the steroids at local gyms? He quickly responded, "Yes". However, he wouldn't say where.
Inside Acome's northwest Omaha home, police discovered over $15,000 in cash and lots of weapons. "There were handguns and long guns everywhere. Some loaded, some not loaded. Some in parts, but the majority 27 were actually put together and several were loaded," said the lead investigator.
While Acome, an alleged key player in Omaha's underground world of steroids is off the streets, Douglas County Sheriff's investigators knows the illegal drug is quietly being distributed in gyms across Omaha.
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