Man charged with possession in anabolic steroids case.

Anabolic steroids with a street value of $10,000 were confiscated Sunday night during a routine traffic stop in Greene County.

Clayton Ross Brown, 21, of Moss Point, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered 54 vials of anabolic steroids and more than 700 pills of anabolic steroids in Brown’s vehicle. A Mississippi State University student, Brown remains in the Greene County jail. Bond has not been set.

Two similar arrests were made March 11 in George County.

George County Sheriff’s Department undercover deputies and Mississippi Department of Narcotics agents purchased approximately $5,000 worth of anabolic steroids from David Merritt, 22, of Lucedale, said George County Narcotics Investigator Justin Strahan.

Merritt allegedly had 19 vials of anabolic steroids and two handguns in his possession, Strahan said.

Later that same day, MBN agents and undercover deputies executed a search warrant at 123 Quail Run Road, Lucedale, and arrested Carlos Carpenter, 36, Strahan said.

Carpenter allegedly had approximately 19 vials of anabolic steroids, roughly $550 and 100 three-milliliter syringes were seized.

A handgun also was confiscated during the search. Merritt and Carpenter both have been released on bond. Strahan said it was unclear if the arrests are related.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are possible, he said.

Strahan added that the George County investigation began with a tip supplied on Feb. 26. “No arrests involving anabolic steroids have been made in George County for at least several years, if ever,” Strahan said.

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