Steroid Peddlers Want to Friend You

MySpace users nabbed in nationwide drug sting
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 5:33 PM CDT
This undated image provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency shows vials of steroids confiscated on Long Island, N.Y. during the DEA's Operation Raw Deal. Over 120 people were arrested in an 18-month international...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – There were 120 alleged criminals pinched this week in a Connecticut steroids crackdown, but only five are accused of selling drugs on MySpace. Four are accused of purchasing raw Chinese steroid power, manufacturing the drugs in their homes and selling them through the social-networking site, the New York Times reports. MySpace reps had no comment on so-called Operation Phony Pharm.

The state’s attorney general said the presence of steroid dealers on the site—the drugs could be purchased through their profiles, one of which had a 16-year-old “friend”—is a new reason that News Corp’s company needs more safeguards. Said one high school coach, “The problem is, kids can get anything online, any day, anything they need.”