UFC veteran Josh Burkman bore witness to a DEA sting in a Miami gym allegedly involved in steroid distribution.
DEA agents raided a Miami gym on Tuesday, after it was found that the said facility is also involved in distributing steroids. The gym is located in the same building as Budokan University, where UFC veteran Josh Burkman trains.
According to CBS Miami, the Iron Addicts gym was said to be a shipping facility for a steroid ring that merited a multi-state investigation. The said charges were rooted from an undercover operation on Miami-based company Wellness Fitness Nutrition (WFN).
WFN founder and CEO Richard Rodriguez maintained that their company did comply with the FDA regulations, and were licensed to distribute anabolic steroids. However, investigation results claim that WFN was not given a license by the DEA to supply steroids without medical prescription. The drugs were sold through the company website.
According to Burkman, the DEA and SWAT team also barged into their facility.
“They kicked the doors in,” Burkman recalled. “The SWAT team came in and woke us up and said, ‘Hey. Get up and get out of here!’”
The 36-year-old fighter, who faces Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil on March 11th, posted a photo with DEA agents on his Instagram page.
The DEA and swat team stopped by to say what’s up to our neighbors today… We made time for a photo. https://www.google.com/amp/miami.cbslocal.com/2017/02/22/9-netted-in-multi-state-steroid-ring-sting/amp/ #dayoff #miami #budokonuniversity
DEA agents were also reportedly able to purchase $30,000 worth of steroids from WFN. The company, on the other hand, was able to launder at least $10 million in illicit proceeds into several bank accounts.
Ten people were arrested and were arraigned at a Miami federal courthouse that same day. If convicted of both steroid distribution and money laundering, they will be facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars.