Man charged with importing steroids


BROADALBIN — A town man accused of bringing illegal steroid drugs from Turkey to Fulton County was arrested Monday by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

A news release said Kurt T. Smith, 26, of 380 Ridge Road, was arrested at 4:12 p.m. on multiple charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in the town.

Deputies made the arrest following a joint operation with federal homeland security operations and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office.

The release said federal authorities developed information during their investigation that steroids were being shipped from Turkey to Broadalbin. The Homeland Security Office contacted the Fulton County sheriff’s office due to the local connection.

Working jointly, members of all three agencies continued the investigation locally and deputies arrested Smith.

Police said Smith allegedly was ordering and found to be in possession of the illegal controlled substances of assorted steroids from the Republic of Turkey and was receiving them at his Ridge Road address.

Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino indicated in the release that not only is it a crime to purchase and possess steroids without a legitimate prescription, there is a great threat to the users. He said any controlled substances sold online and overseas, with the user not knowing the origin or the composition of items, is unsafe.

Smith will appear later in Town Court.

By Patricia Older

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