Two not guilty pleas in UG lab steroid case.

Two people pleaded not guilty Tuesday to criminal charges in connection with an illegal anabolic steroid manufacturing ring that was busted last year.

Jason Glavin of El Dorado Hills and Erin O’Neil of Fair Oaks were arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court in Placerville. They are expected to return to court next month.

Both suspects were arrested after a 10-month investigation.

Agents seized a large anabolic steroid lab in Elverta and more than 500 vials and 1,850 capsules of anabolic steroid pills. The steroids had an estimated street value of $118,000.

Between February and September 2009, an undercover officer purchased anabolic steroids from Glavin on multiple occasions at a grocery store parking lot in Citrus Heights, authorities said. Before and after some of the undercover purchases, Glavin drove to the Fair Oaks residence of his alleged steroid suppliers, Erin and Amy O’Neil, investigators said.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Glavin’s steroid supplier received “raw product” and clandestinely manufactured and labeled the anabolic steroids for distribution.

During the course of the investigation, agents learned that purchases in the name of Amy O’Neil were made through PayPal from a manufacturer of blank laser and inkjet labels, and from a company that sold encapsulating machines and various sized capsules, which can be used to encapsulate anabolic steroids.

This case culminated in the late afternoon on Oct. 14, when Glavin was placed under arrest after he delivered 100 vials of anabolic steroids to the undercover officer in a parking lot at San Juan Avenue and Sunset Avenue in Citrus Heights. After Glavin’s arrest, police served three state search warrants in El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks and Elverta.

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