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Home Of D’Backs Pitcher Raided In Federal Steroid Probe

Federal Agents Execute Drug
Raid On Grimsley’s Home
Federal agents raided the home of D’Backs P Jason Grimsley yesterday, “seeking evidence that could identify him as a distributor of human growth hormone [HGH] — which is illegal but undetectable in urine tests — and other performance-enhancing drugs,” according to T.J. Quinn of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Baseball officials refused to comment, “but the fallout from the raid will probably be felt for months: when Grimsley was first confronted by agents in April, according to documents, he named names.” A search warrant affidavit said that IRS agents seized HGH from Grimsley “in a ‘low-key’ search of his home April 19, and he had admitted using HGH, amphetamines and anabolic steroids.” The affidavit said agents were looking for evidence of “Grimsley’s and other [MLBers] illegal receipt of prescription drugs, anabolic steroids, [HGH] and amphetamines, the illegal distribution of such drugs, and the money laundering of the proceeds of said transactions.” Both raids were led by IRS special agent Jeff Novitzky, who also pursued the BALCO case. MLB VP/PR Rich Levin said that the league “had only recently become aware of the raid and had no comment” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/7). D’Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick in a statement said, “This is a federal investigation, and as long as it is active and ongoing, we are prohibited from making any further comments” (D’Backs).

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