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Those prophetic words, written by Daniel Duchaine in June of , introduced an page self-published pamphlet, titled The Underground Steroid Handbook.
And why not? This new supply of practical knowledge was thrust into a vacuum and created a near-instantaneous increase in demand for anabolic steroids, especially Dianabol. Within a few months, orders for the Underground Steroid Handbook were shipped along with a price list for anabolic steroids.
This continued mostly unencumbered until , when United Parcel Service opened a package addressed to a member of the ersatz fan club, and finding that it contained anabolic steroids, forwarded the information to the Food and Drug Administration. And so, while responsibility for prosecuting the illegal sale of anabolic steroids would be handled by the Department of Justice, the investigation itself would be handled primarily by the FBI under the auspices of the FDA.
Locating him through the usual means of tracking the return address on his packages proved ineffective. Attempts to conduct vehicular surveillance on Duchaine, using multiple FBI agents and vehicles, was an unmitigated disaster when it resulted in him tailing one of the surveillance vehicles. In the article, circumspect euphemistically refers not only to being generally cautious, but specifically to the tactics and strategies used to prevent law enforcement officials from gathering evidence him and his growing cadre of steroid-dealing associates.
The New York Times noted that The Underground Steroid Handbook II , published a year earlier, had already profiled six of them, noting their clearance times and how athletes could use them undetected.
A decade after being indicted, he was still writing on topics that would cement his status in the underground and beyond. Read a portion of his FBI file embedded below, and the rest on the request page.
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Underground Steroid Handbook II
It wouldn't be too much of an overstatement to say that talking to Dan was an epiphany of sorts. This is the man! Although we spoke at length on various topics, the crux of our conversation was about, what else? I took full advantage of every moment to pick Dan's brain on the subject that he almost single-handedly brought to the forefront of the bodybuilding community. As many Testosterone readers may already know, Dan has written countless articles and several books, including the well-received diet bible, "BodyOpus. Although there are a few inaccuracies in USH, it presented an innovative, brutally frank, and often brilliant blueprint of steroid descriptions and their applications. He also offered what was, at times, a "crudely humorous" yet startlingly eloquent philosophy concerning the use of performance-enhancing substances.
FBI file on controversial steroid guru Daniel Duchaine reveal his skill at evading the authorities
Daniel "Dan" Duchaine — January 12, was an American bodybuilder , author , and two-time convicted felon. Duchaine began competitive bodybuilding in his home state of Maine in ; however, after he had no luck describing himself as a "miserable bodybuilder" , he began using anabolic steroids that he persuaded his family physician in Portland to prescribe as a training aid. Obviously something wasn't working, and the doctors and the pharmacists couldn't really answer my questions. So I started looking into steroids on my own.
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