The anabolic steroids) into Canada (“ ,” November 1).(RCMP) Drug Section seized over 2 kilograms of anabolic steroid powder at a residence in Prince George, British Columbia on Halloween. A joint operation between the Prince George RCMP and uncovered the steroid powder coming into Canada from China. The recipient of the Chinese steroid powder faces various drug distribution charges including the importation of a controlled substance (
In the past two weeks alone, law enforcement in British Columbia has arrested individuals for importing and/or distributing anabolic steroids in Victoria, North Vancouver, and now . Are the recent steroid busts a harbinger of a major steroid crackdown in British Columbia in preparation for the ? The privilege of hosting the Olympic Games is usually accompanied by increased pressure on the host city (and host country) to step up their anti-doping efforts via law enforcement.
Canadian authorities have previously targeted the importation of steroid powder from China. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cooperated with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in ‘‘ in 2007.
Canada’s Operation Powder Keg was one of several international operations (e.g. Operation Kasha in Australia) that was initiated by the far-reaching U.S. government law enforcement initiative codenamed . The various international operations cracked down on underground labs (UGLs) that imported raw steroid powder from China to manufacture finished anabolic steroid products. While Operation Raw Deal shut down numerous UGLs and spawned further steroid busts, Operation Powder Keg had limited effects on UGLs in Canada.