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Police bust gang supplying drugs from chemists for sports misuse 

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The Civil Guard has dismantled a criminal organisation dedicated to fraudulently obtaining medicines for sports use.

The Civil Guard in collaboration with the Territorial Delegation of the Ministry of Health in Granada arrested ten people and are investigating another 41 for alleged membership of a criminal organisation, as well as against public health, forgery and defrauding the Andalusian Health Service and theft .

Among the detained and investigated are four minors and pharmacists, deputies and technicians of pharmacies which supplied members of the organisation.

Two raids were made in the homes of the head of the organisation, where 1,336 doses of different drugs were seized, such as Testex, Proviron, Winstrol, Femara, Decadura-bolin, Arimidex, Femara, Gonal and Traki-mazin.

The operation began in June 2016, when the Civil Guard detected in the province of Granada, a group of people fraudulently acquiring drugs to be used as anabolic substances in sports doping, specifically among fitness and bodybuilding practitioners.

Officers confirmed the existence of a criminal organisation which would have obtained illegal drugs between 2015 and 2017 in pharmacies in the provinces of Granada, Jaén, Málaga and Almería.

In order to obtain the medicines, they used a false seal and prescription stubs that had been stolen from a medical centre in the province of Granada. Also, it was revealed that the head of the organisation paid 400 euros for each stolen book.

The Civil Guard found that people who went to phar-macies with counterfeit prescriptions were habitual offenders. They then de-livered the medicines obtain-ed to the leader of the organisation to be distributed later to the rest of the members and marketed in gyms of Granada.

Investigating agents have also discovered how some of these pharmacies had dispensed drugs that were subject to more rigorous control than the simple prescription such as specific medications for menopausal women prescribed to a man.