Nanaimo RCMP bust two for selling steroids

Two people suspected of trafficking steroids were arrested in Nanaimo on the weekend.

Two people suspected of trafficking steroids were arrested in Nanaimo on the weekend.

Isaac Harvey Haack and Rachel Irene Krusto, both 19, were arrested in the Bowen Road Co-op parking lot at about 5 p.m. Saturday after undercover officers arranged to make a purchase from Haack and set up the location.

Haack and Krusto were arrested when they drove into the parking lot. Police retrieved an undisclosed amount of steroids from the black Range Rover registered to Haack and seized the vehicle.

That night, police searched the suspects’ home in the 2000 block of Goldfinch Crescent, where they seized 21 different kinds of anabolic steroids, two laptop computers and cellphones.

The total value of steroids seized is about $6,400.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said Haack and Krusto were allegedly involved in selling and distributing anabolic steroids throughout western Canada by advertising on various social networking sites.

Steroids are used by athletes to improve muscle performance.

“The long-term effect, of course, is they can do permanent damage to your organs, especially in adolescents,” O’Brien said.

He said side effects can include stunted physical development, accelerated puberty and abnormal sexual development.

Haack and Krusto were released following a bail hearing Sunday morning. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They are scheduled to make their next court appearance at Nanaimo provincial court July 19.