MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have busted two gangs that imported and trafficked doping substances used in sports and arrested 84 people, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.
More than 700,000 doses of anabolic steroids, the blood booster EPO and growth hormones were seized during raids in Madrid, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia and the Basque region, the ministry said in a statement.
Among those arrested was a pharmacist who dodged legal controls to distribute the drugs without the use of medical prescriptions. During the first quarter of 2013 the gangs introduced into Spain some 750 kilograms (1654 pounds) of drugs from China, Greece and Portugal, and marketed them in sports centers and homes, the statement said.
One of the gangs was earning 11,000 euros ($14,434) a day through the illegal sale of these drugs, the statement said. Spain passed a new anti-doping law on June 13 that it hopes will clean up the country's tarnished image after a high profile trial over doping in cycling. It also hopes to boost Madrid's 2020 Olympics bid.
It was not immediately clear when the arrests were made.