Police intercept North Huntingdon man's growth hormone package
A North Huntingdon man landed behind bars when police said they intercepted a parcel of human-growth hormones that he is accused of ordering from Slovakia.
Frank Joseph Lodovico Jr., 37, of Haflinger Drive, is accused of ordering numerous vials of schedule III testosterone from Bratislava, Slovakia. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and illegally obtaining a controlled substance.
Lodovico was held in Westmoreland County Prison on Nov. 14. He was released the next day on $10,000 monetary bail.
A phone number is not listed for Lodovico. Court records do not indicate if he has an attorney.
Customs and Border Protection officers spotted a suspicious parcel at a shipping facility in Philadelphia on Nov. 13, according to court documents.
Officers opened the parcel and conducted a search of the contents.
Inside the package, officers logged four vials of testosterone, six vials of testosterone enanthate, two vials of methenolone enanthate, one vial of boldenone undecylenate, tablets of oxymetholone, tablets of mesterolone and tablets of anastrozole.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, all except anastrozole are schedule III non-narcotic drugs. Anastrozole is listed as a U.S. prescription drug used to counteract effects of steroid use.
Methenolone enanthate is the same steroid for which baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds were accused of testing positive in the early 2000s.
Under the state's Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, possession of schedule III substances is illegal if someone is not a registered practitioner or licensed by the state board or did not obtain it directly from a practitioner.
Officers shipped the suspect package to the Homeland Security Investigations office in Pittsburgh in anticipation of a controlled delivery, according to court documents.
State police obtained a search warrant for the Haflinger Drive home where the package was intended to go.
The package was delivered around 5:45 p.m. Nov. 14. An occupant accepted the package, according to court documents.
Officers executed a search warrant and discovered “additional steroid-type substances,” according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing before District Judge Douglas Weimer has been set for Feb. 12.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.
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