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Operation Cyber Juice: DEA announces global steroid sting

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That's not one of my shitty headlines, they're actually calling it "Operation Cyber Juice."

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials recently announced a global takedown of underground steroid and performance-enhancing drug (PED) trafficking, one that has already tallied 90 arrests and the seizure of 16 underground steroid labs.

So, what's that got to do with mixed martial arts (MMA)?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as well as other local and international promotions, are currently battling a PED epidemic, which got so bad by the start of 2015 it was forced to write a blank check for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

"This joint investigation again demonstrates that we can work together to identify and hold accountable underground steroid suppliers and users who are committing crimes and who may also be cheating clean athletes and sport," said USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart.

"The actions taken today will help to ensure that all athletes are safer and any young athletes who are pressured to use these drugs to win in sport are not preyed upon by illegal drug dealers."

I'll bet that guy from Thailand is crapping his pants as we speak.

Joining DEA in the global sting is Department of Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. While most of the manufactured and trafficked PEDs originate from underground labs in China, Operation Cyber Juice has already snagged four underground steroid conversion labs in Arizona.

Probably only a matter of time before the government starts naming names (again).

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