Thursday, February 23, 2006

Kneller Released After Posting $25k Bail - More Information Released

The Patriot Ledger is reporting that Bruce Kneller has now been released on $25,000 bail. The news is bad, as it now appears that more was found in Knellers apartment than initially reported. They reveal that the investigation into RSOC has been going on 8 years and was finally pinpointed when packages sent by Kneller were intercepted by Postal authorities. They also allege he was using expired and impure ingredients to manufacture steroids for the well known underground lab.

Bruce Kneller, 37, was freed yesterday on $25,000 bail following his arraignment in Stoughton District Court where he pleaded not guilty to charges that he possessed and intended to distribute steroids.

Officials said that when federal, state and local law enforcement agencies converged Friday on the Blue Hills Village condo complex in Canton where Kneller lives with his wife Junhua Zhang, a Chinese national, they found boxes of pills, syringes, liquids and powders that were used to cook low-grade, impure and dangerous steroids.

??It is clear given the quantity that was involved, and given the amount of money that was involved, that he was a key figure,?? said Norfolk County District Attorney William R. Keating.


While executing a search warrant, law enforcement personnel found more than 100,000 pills, bottles, unmarked labels and syringes; 10 unlicensed firearms including handguns, rifles and two shotguns; confiscated $4,300 in cash and $1,000 in Chinese currency; and froze a Bank of America checking account with a balance of $363,300.

Kneller also faces charges of violating the drug laws near a school, eight counts of possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm.

Officials said Kneller is part of a larger network that originated in Los Angeles and that advertises on bodybuilding sites and in gyms under the auspices of a fictitious company called Red Star Labs.


Keating said Kneller used unregulated and expired ingredients, possibly shipped from China, to make the product.


Scrutiny of Kneller?s steroid business took a turn on Feb. 14 when 15 packages he tried to send from the Randolph post office were intercepted by investigators.

Obtaining a search warrant, officials opened the shipment and found more than 6,300 steroids.

The investigation into the cross-country ring began in 1998.

?Steroid Guru?: Canton man allegedly part of national ring

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