Kirkland Police bust illegal steroid distribution ring with help of federal agency

Police also seized cash, vehicles, a firearm, and other valuables from the illegal operation.

Kirkland Police Department is working with the U.S. Postal Inspector Service to investigate an illegal anabolic steroid drug distribution operation. Four suspects have been identified and three arrests have been made, according to the department.

On Aug. 25, KPD and USPIS served a search warrant at a Kirkland residence in the Kingsgate neighborhood. They uncovered what they described as a “sophisticated illegal drug distribution operation” that included large amounts of anabolic steroids, packaging, distribution lists, chemicals and other accessories to produce and ship anabolic steroids throughout the country.

Kirkland Police also seized cash, vehicles, a firearm, and other high-end valuables from the illegal operation.

The investigation began in July, when Kirkland’s Pro-Act Unit – a unit of undercover officers focused on illegal drugs, burglaries, and other property crimes – and USPIS began investigating a Kirkland resident suspected of distributing steroids through the mail. Through surveillance, investigators established a pattern with the suspect’s daily movements that uncovered additional criminal activity.

In mid-August, KPD intercepted packages set for delivery to more than 90 individuals across the country. The packages contained anabolic steroids in multiple forms: pills, powder, and liquid.

KPD’s Pro-Act Unit was funded by the passage of the Enhanced Police Services and Community Safety Ballot Measure, Proposition 1, in 2018.