A Chalmette man was arrested this week after receiving 500 anabolic steroid pills and four vials of testosterone ordered from Greece over the Internet, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Lance Coopersmith, 22, 3522 Kings Drive, was arrested at his home Monday after a joint investigation by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, federal authorities and a State Police drug task force, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
U.S. Customs Service officials intercepted the package recently and alerted local and state authorities. Coopersmith accepted the package, which was delivered by an undercover U.S. postal inspector, authorities said.
When agents of the sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, commanded by Col. Chad Clark, arrived at Coopersmith’s residence and served a search warrant they found the package of steroid pills and testosterone had been opened and was on the kitchen counter, St. Bernard Sheriff Jack Stephens said.
The 500 pills and four vials of testosterone have a street value of $5,400, authorities said.
Coopersmith admitted ordering the drugs from Greece via the Internet. He was booked with possession with intent to distribute the steroids and testosterone, Stephens said. He was released from St. Bernard Parish Prison after posting $15,000 bond.
An investigation is continuing into the intended users of the steroids, Stephens said.