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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ex-cop faces steroid charges

The New York Daily News by MICHAEL O'KEEFFE

A former New York City policeman whose anti-aging clinic allegedly supplied prescriptions for steroids to boxer Jameel McCline and professional wrestlers was arrested in Florida on Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Anthony Forgione, 43, of Boca Raton, runs Infinity Longevity, the latest Florida anti-aging clinic targeted by Operation Which Doctor, Albany County District Attorney David Soares' investigation into prescription drug mills. Forgione has waived extradition and is scheduled to appear in Albany County court in Cohoes on Monday for arraignment.

When police and New York State Health Department investigators executed a search warrant on Forgione's Delray Beach office, they allegedly found evidence of steroid distribution as well as assault rifles, handguns and $6,000 in cash. They also found Gary Brandwein, a Florida doctor who is currently free on bond under a Operation Which Doctor-related felony indictment. Brandwein was not arrested Wednesday. Forgione, who served on the NYPD for seven years, is also a retired Boca Raton cop who was fired in April 2003 after he admitted buying and using steroids.

As the Daily News reported last month, McCline received more than $12,000 worth of steroids, human growth hormone and other prescription drugs in 2005 and 2006. His manager denied he had used performance-enhancing drugs. (November 16, 2007)

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