A 54-year-old Israeli man is wanted on a European arrest warrant in connection with the biggest international anabolic steroid bust ever, said a police spokeswoman, who did not reveal his identity.
It is thought that the Israeli is not in Cyprus, she added.
Meanwhile, a 43-year-old Cypriot man who was arrested on suspicion of being the Cyprus supplier in Nicosia remains in jail pending a court appearance next month. Two other men who were also arrested on suspicion of working in the 43-year-old’s illegal steroid manufacturing warehouse were released today by Nicosia District Court.
Over the weekend, French police arrested three people in Marseilles in connection with the same steroid distribution ring. The group were thought to be making up to 1000 euros per day just in Marseilles alone, and selling the drugs over the Internet.
On the 7th of December, police arrested five people in Cyprus on suspicion they were involved in the drug supply ring that includes operations in seven countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland and Austria.
Steroids have serious side effects including an increased risk of cancer, increased risk of heart and liver disease, jaundice, fluid retention, and high blood pressure. Bodybuilders and other athletes who cannot get them legally can easily find them on Internet sites such as the now-vanished website http://www.genxxlgear. com which received orders by email that were paid for by credit card and sent by mail.
Genxxlgear even released a press release quoting a contact called Brian Wainstein who was sentenced to four months prison for illegal steroid distribution in Canada in 2009. Depending on the source, Wainstein hails from South Africa, Ireland or Israel and is an international fugitive with a Canadian arrest warrant on his head.