Archive for October 5th, 2005

Pat Arnold, Balco

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Pat Arnold, of misc.fitness.weight fame, as well as the person who first brought the andro products to market is in the news, and not in a good way:

Federal agents raid Illinois lab linked to BALCO steroid
Chemist suspected of creating drug called ‘the clear’

In raids led by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation division, search warrants were served on the Champaign, Ill., offices and home of chemist Patrick Arnold, who authorities believe produced the steroid that came to be known as “the clear” in the BALCO case.

Even before BALCO broke, Arnold was suspected by anti-doping officials as the man who resurrected the steroid norbolethone, a drug that was manufactured in the 1960s but never marketed to the public. The substance was discovered in the urine sample of an athlete in 2002. Based on e-mails and documents seized in the BALCO case, authorities believe norbolethone was the first generation of “the clear” distributed by Conte to elite athletes.