Jersey City cops investigated for steroids

February 20, 2008 7:52:49 PM PST
Law enforcement sources confirmed Wednesday that several Jersey City police officers are being investigated to see if they were improperly using steroids.There have been no arrests at this time, and authorities say internal affairs is in the very early stages of the investigation.

Sources say at least two dozen cops will be interviewed as a result of a steroids probe. It is a probe that one law enforcement official says could 'possibly cover the full spectrum of rank in the department.

According to one legal analyst, the investigation could hinge on whether the officers broke the law in obtaining prescriptions for steroids.

This case has ties to a case with an NYPD connection and an investigation that grabbed headlines beginning with a raid last October.

That's when Lowen's Pharmacy in Bay Ridge was raided by state narcotics agents looking in to a lucrative network of steroids-peddling health clinics and pharmacies in four states, including New York.

It turns out that some of the pharmacy's customers had been bodybuilding police officers.

Five members of the NYPD were suspended for allegedly using drugs improperly. And then last month, the owner of Lowen's Pharmacy committed suicide, after denying that he had done anything wrong.

Now, the criminal probe expands to Jersey City, where more members of the law enforcement community are under suspicion for illegal steriod use.