A Covington man has been arrested for possession of 100 vials of human growth hormone after ordering the steroids from Europe and having them delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said.
Jarrod Jemison, 28, 504 W. 19th Ave., is booked with possession with intent to distribute a legend drug without a prescription, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest was made March 29, but the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office only announced it Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Division conducted the investigation with the help of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office learned that the parcel had been intercepted in California on its way to Covington and worked with agents from the FDA to deliver the package to a shipping store in Covington, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The detectives then conducted surveillance on the business and waited for Jemison to arrive. He showed up about 15 minutes later and retrieved the package containing the hormones, valued at $2,000, the release said.
Detectives followed Jemison to his home on W. 19th Avenue. Upon arrival, the detectives, along with the FDA agents, took Jemison into custody, according to the release. Authorities served a search warrant at the home and recovered additional HGH vials and suspected Valium tablets, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jemison was released March 30 from the St. Tammany Parish jail on $15,000 bond.