Law officials in Magnolia conducted a three-monthlong investigation involving several people who were manufacturing and distributing large quantities of anabolic steroids and human growth hormones.
Police say on Dec. 4, investigators were notified of a package that was sent from China, containing 411 grams of a powdered form of Testosterone. The package was intercepted by Homeland Security Investigations.
On Dec. 6, local law enforcement agencies worked with United State Postal Inspection Service to execute a controlled delivery of the package to the Extreme Image Fitness Center on North Dudney Street in Magnolia.
During the investigation, police say state search warrants were executed at the the following locations:
- Extreme Image Fitness Center, owner Joshua Hines
- #1 Columbia County Road 530 in Waldo, AR, the residence of Joshua and April Hines
Police say consent to search was granted at two separate locations related to the investigation:
- 1700 Ponderosa Driver in El Dorado, AR, the home of Robert "Drew" and Elizabeth "Liz" Maza
- Storage unit located at Blackmon's Storage Facility in El Dorado
During the search of these locations, police say they seized:
- 8,000 vials, bottles, pill dosage units of anabolic steroids including testosterone.
- Large quantities of paraphernalia including syringes, packaging, labels and lab equipment.
- 35 firearms including shotguns, rifles and handguns, some of which had suppressors attached.
- $45,000 in cash
- Four vehicles seized
Police say 36-year-old Joshua Hines of Waldo, Ark., and 31-year-old Andrew "Drew" Maza of El Dorado were arrested during the investigation.
Police say the investigation and seizure is believed to be the largest of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone for the entire state of Arkansas.
The investigation is ongoing and police say further arrests are expected.