Alberta man arrested following historic seizure of illegal steroids

Edmonton police badge. The Canadian Press File

Editor’s note: Since this article was originally published, Rees Baron pleaded guilty and was sentenced to house arrest, followed by probation, ending in 2018. 

EDMONTON – A 32-year-old Alberta man has been charged after over $600,000 in illegal drugs were seized from a steroid production lab in late May.

Police say a four-month investigation and a Crime Stoppers tip led officers to conduct search warrants on two apartment suites — one in Edmonton and one in Fort Saskatchewan.

“During their investigation they discovered what they believed to be a sophisticated steroid production lab, which included packing supplies, etc. for resale,” said Scott Pattison, a spokesperson for the Edmonton Police Service.

“One of the locations is the individual’s residence in Fort Saskatchewan and the Edmonton location was where the alleged production was occuring.”

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According to Crime Stoppers, the lab contained more than 26,000mL of liquid steroids, more than 183,000 steroid pills and nearly 17,000g of steroid powder.

“This is the largest seizure of illegal steroids in EPS history,” Pattison said.

“The ripple effect of getting these illegal drugs off the street is huge,” added Curtis Nikel, president of the Crime Stoppers Association of Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

“Often, where drugs are involved, other violent or criminal acts exist also, so the discovery of this very established drug lab will undoubtedly diminish ancillary crime in this city.”

Rees Baron, of Fort Saskatchewan, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance.

Baron’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 17.

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