Moldova is among the top global manufacturers of anabolic steroids illegal substance in most EU countries, the USA and Russia. Corruption, lax law and political protectionism easily obtained created conditions for development in our state of entire industries producing anabolics, in great demand on the black market around the world.Today in Moldova operates at least seven factories producing anabolics, four of which are clandestine laboratories. Legal manufacturers of anabolic would back former Romanian senator, a prominent Moldovan businessman and a former president of the Federation of bodybuilding in Chisinau. Many of these anabolic get smuggled abroad in postal envelopes accepted and dispatched Posta Moldova.

May 4, 2016, Chisinau International Airport. A plane loaded with bags of mail you Posta Moldova takes flight to Frankfurt. Among the packages sealed with adhesive tape on which is printed the name “Posta Moldova” and the customs stamp on the plane and found three bags with the logo “Moldova Mail” containing small packets with anabolics. At Frankfurt Airport, the bags of drugs prohibited for export are moved to another plane, which also goes to the US.

Monthly through this corridor in the US, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, but also in Australia and CIS countries go from 5,400 to 7,800 packages, each containing anabolic worth about $ 200. The monthly value of parcels of anabolic transmitted through Moldova Post varies between a million and a million and a half dollars. According to several sources, the scheme works for over ten years.

packages clandestine

Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones and androgens, which increase the body’s ability to produce muscle tissue. Lately, these substances are in high demand among athletes and people who want to increase muscle mass or sports performance to achieve in the short term. In all EU member states, most CIS countries and the USA, these substances are prohibited for manufacturing and marketing. In Moldova, the production of most anabolics, however, is legal and the sale – free pharmacies.

Packages with anabolic typically arrive at the back door Moldovan Post. Bags loaded with steroids are often the drivers brought rapid post EMS receives from its ‘customers’ addresses indicated by them. “The places are different and do not really remember to repeat. It happens to be on the outskirts, or near buildings Construction “reveal sources from the state enterprise. Because of the risk posed to these people, we decided to keep their anonymity. But declarations are confirmed and a video recording that has come to us. From movie sees as an employee of the Post Moldova loads in drive rapid post EMS two big boxes, without complying with the conditions of receiving the order: Packages are weighed, they are assigned bar codes, the sender receives a receipt from home. Former head of the Center for Post Office Processing and Transportation (CPTP), Sorin Stati says that the boxes that appear in images are anabolics.

About the same scheme of transporting banned substances Posta Moldova is also mentioned in the Act on the control complex economic and financial activity of the subsidiary Posta Moldova CPTP, yet developed in 2012 by the Financial Control and Internal Audit, then led by Sergiu Cebotari, who previously made several revelations about anabolic smuggling from Moldova Mail (See here an excerpt from control Act).

Betrayed receipts

Arriving at the Post Office in 2000, str. Station Square 3 in Chisinau, bags anabolic up immediately on the third floor Service post letters without passing control of postal operators and the publican at the post office on the first floor, which would I have to verify whether the parcels are not prohibited items. Our sources say that packets that bypass procedure could arrive in the mail already sealed with adhesive tape Moldovan Post, having applied barcodes (code consisting of two letters and nine digits used to track instead of finding the package throughout the transportation – No) and even customs stamp. Post office operators would have brought only a list with bar codes that are entered into the database postal operators of Posts and cashiers till receipts issued for transporting parcels which they have not seen eye.

The allegations are confirmed by documents that came into our possession . According bonds issued by a machine house Post Office 2000 on 7 March 2015 in just four minutes, from 11.25 up to 11.29, cashier issued 22 tickets home to 22 small packages , weighing 250-550 grams. That is, to serve each of the 22 different customers (if they were one person, one would have been released till receipt – no), the cashier took just ten seconds. Moreover, although the packages were executed one after another numerical order of barcodes that were applied is not respected. The first package has bar code “576 RB022040 MD” and three issued imediat- “RB022040 MD 580″, “562 RB022040 MD”, “RB022040 973 MD”.


To verify this performance is real, our reporter went to the same post office and tried to send a similar parcel, containing a card and a box of anabolics. The whole procedure lasted mailing more than eight minutes and publican, after checking the contents of the package, removed the box of pills and asked us what kind of drugs they are. After I said that are used to increase muscle mass, publicans had an intense exchange of glances with one of the postal operators after we returned anabolic package, explaining that their transportation abroad is prohibited. Voucher for the transportation package is released only after its contents checked by the customs, and postal envelope is sealed and weighed by another operator. If senders of parcels recorded in receipts would be respected above all this legal procedure, customs and the two postal operators would have to move a cosmic speed to succeed in just ten seconds to get performing all the operations.

Packages in the future

There are other evidence indicate that the sacks containing packages of anabolic not pass control to the post office. In some documents manifest, which are executed by postal operators only after receiving letters / parcels to the sender, because they are directed further in Section post letters CPTP, it indicated an earlier time that the operator would have received the parcel from the customer, freeing till receipt, which is impossible.

For example, on June 7, 2016 for small package, with bar code “RB023246041MD” manifesto document is drawn up at 11:53. According cash voucher, the customer brought the postal code with just over three hours at 14.42.

See the images more cases of this kind

Three cases confirming that the information about the package to be transported operators reached before the person to bring the package to the post office

Although do not know the content of the packets controversial workers postal sectors letters from CPTP know them as barcodes with some “special”, used only for packages get there mysteriously and must leave the building without passing through customs scanner installed on the third floor. Special bar codes catch well and later, if returns are withdrawn by the same employees of mail before it reaches the hands of customs officials, to be handed over to a responsible person CPTP leadership. Normally, if the return parcels should be returned to senders.

False senders to dubious destinations

Sample package with anabolics, which was to be sent through Mail Moldova

It is very difficult to establish who the senders of parcels with anabolics. Names and addresses indicated on several parcels steroid whose pictures came into our possession are fictitious. Thus, one of postal items to be shipped on February 3, 2015 under the heading sender indicated Pânzari name Leonid, who lives in Chişinău, str. Ialoveni, 17. Owners argue that the house not know anyone by that name . I did not give the behind Peter Cuşnir who would live on the streets. Hotin 4 in Chisinau, and tried to send a parcel with anabolic 7 February, when the consignment of contraband was captured by SIS. False proved to be the sender of the parcel data with anabolics in 2010, Leonid Frolov, who would live on the streets. Paul BOTU 17 . Please note that the last building on this street is no. 15.

If recipients, the situation is similar. For example, 633 Cochrane rd. Park Hills, Missouri 63601, indicated as the address of a man named Michael Hater, would have received a parcel with anabolics in February 2011, it is actually a wooded area of a park in the town of American and 715 SE 20 Th AVE 3 Derfield BCH, Florida 33441, where Eric Bakter awaiting shipment with anabolic sent by Leonid Pânzari, is really a hotel.

A series of two ministers

The same conclusions reached and the president of the parliamentary committee investigating the involvement Post Moldova in transporting illegal anabolic MP Grigore Cobzac, which was made public on October 13, 2016 an alternative report about his findings. According to the MP, smuggling anabolic continued on during the work of the inquiry commission and some documents that could serve as evidence in committee it was destroyed during activity. Cobzac explained that the committee’s work during several high-ranking officials tried to prevent investigation or delaying responses granting or giving false answers, truncated or refusing to information. Proceeding from this, and other evidence of the investigation, the chairman suggested that the scheme would have involved anabolic substances by The failure necessary measures to stop illegal transportation of prohibited substances through SE Moldovan Post Finance Minister Octavian Armaşu, and Information Technology and Communications Minister, Vasile Botnari, and Director General of the Customs Service, Vitalie Sparrow, General Director of State Enterprise Mail Moldova, Sergei Nastas, and Deputy Director General of SE Mail Moldova, Sergiu Batiuşca. Cobzac recommends resignation of these officials. It also calls on the institutions of law to establish the degree of involvement and responsibility of the current Prime Minister Pavel Filip, who headed the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the institution responsible for the activity of Moldova Post.

“It is a phenomenon that can seriously affect Moldova’s image on the international arena. Moldovan presence of drugs on the black market anabolics is impressive, “concluded Cobzac.

“No comment aberration!”

“I’m not aware of allegations made by Gregory Cobzac and do not want to comment on such nonsense,” he answered us Sergiu Batiuşca, deputy general manager of Post Moldova, shutting us your phone before you ask him to comment on the allegations Sergiu Cebotari that it would have rejected audit Act drafted in 2012 and revealing anabolic smuggling scheme through Moldova Post. No Sergey Nastas did not want to comment on the allegations. In an official letter sent Post Moldova have requested to communicate when they have completed an internal investigation to verify the allegations are confirmed to the institution he leads. In response, Nastas told us that this would deal Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry and Moldovan Post has no comment more.

Finance Minister Octavian Armaşu and Art Technologies and Communications Minister Vasile Botár, did not respond to telephone for comment accusation. Neither Prime Minister Pavel Filip offered no comment opposite the allegations against him.

Request to provide information on cases of involvement of customs officials in transporting illicit anabolic parcels by post Moldovan Customs Service not yet provided us with an answer, even though I still request sent on September 13.

Earlier, in a reply Center for Investigative Journalism offered after the map Corruption on portal was published anabolizantate a complaint about smuggling, the Customs Service informed us that the movement of products to the attention of the institution concerned are being taken to non-admission of illegal import of raw material for the preparation of anabolics, and illicit export of these substances. As for transportation anabolics by mail Moldova, director of the Customs Service, Vitalie Vrabie, telling us then that “after a prior analysis of the situation, it highlights a significant stake of public authorities that put the maximum difficulty customs control detailed and sometimes the impossibility of making. Given the type of activity the Post Moldova, there are a number of mechanisms allowing for packaging and sealing of goods without customs officer presence “.

Capture “echoes”

Catch anabolic 7 February 2016. Source:

7 February 2016. A task force of several officers and border guards SIS barge from Chisinau International Airport where he discovers, through Moldova Post packages ready to be loaded on a plane, 15 bags containing 387 postal parcels with anabolics camouflaged form of books and publishing. SIS catch qualifies this as a “record” and the value of the goods is estimated at hundreds of thousands of euros. The news about the capture of the security officers was taken over almost all media in Moldova, but the real reverberation occurs at thousands of kilometers away from Chisinau, in the US, where many athletes amateurs or professionals awaits packages ordered from Moldova and wonders if Moldovan intelligence service officers will not be passed on to them. “Does anyone know the US is involved in this operation? I would think not, but I know he was behind some of this stuff in Thailand “asks a consumer forum on American anabolics.

Although regarded as an operation unprecedented criminal case on this case soon it reached the hands of the criminal prosecution body employees of the Customs Service. That even if, as seen in the photos presented by SIS operative on anabolic parcels which were to be smuggled out of the country was stamped customs.

Prosecutor: “Those involved were identified”

In a formal response received from the Prosecutor General’s Office 24 September, we announced that the criminal case was opened on that attempt passage through genuine declaration of goods in customs documents of Moldova, in large proportions. Prosecution is led by Prosecutor for Organized Crime Combat and Special Causes. The school head, Cornelius Bratunov, but avoids to provide more details on the pretext of investigation secrecy.

Vitalie Basil, the prosecutor responsible for the case, said that investigations are underway and identified almost everyone involved in the Posta Moldova. Now they are heard by standing they have. It also says the prosecutor, the investigative body investigates report of the Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry, which has been circulated recently.

Catch anabolics in February 2016 is treated by consumers steroids as a consequence of a war waged two global network marketing anabolics: Pharmacom Labs and Napsgear (last sold anabolic products Genesis Pharmaceuticals, whose drugs were found in packages seized by officers SIS – no).

An operation unmentioned

Catch secret anabolic 2009. Photo: Anthony Roberts

SIS cheating but when it states that action is unprecedented in February 2016. According to information in our possession, in spring 2009, SIS has intercepted a large amount of anabolic who were to arrive the same way abroad. And this time the packages were mailed Moldova, having as destination the USA, Spain, Ireland. Moreover, according to an article published on the blog in June 2009 by a US athlete , Anthony Roberts, known campaigner against the use of anabolics, if the operation in 2009, SIS had worked with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Names and addresses of the recipients of the packages seized were handed over to authorities in their countries. Roberts attached to their post on the blog and more photos of the operation carried out in Chisinau, confirming that the action really took place. In Moldova, about this capture has not breathed not a word.

Artur Reshetnikov remembers argues that such an operation, but does not rule out that it took place.“We then had several operations. I no longer remember everything, “he answered SIS director at the time.

Office of the SIS secret, the “heart” of illegalities

Alexandru Popescu, former chief of the SIS profile that was countering illicit trafficking of substances prohibited, endangering state security, no longer working at the SIS in 2012, almost 30 years, says that up to it left the institution, smuggling of anabolic not represent an alarming phenomenon.

“SIS did not do gigs. They documented several cases and informed other state institutions. Based on this information were initiated criminal cases. I documented a scheme for anabolic active substances smuggled into Moldova were brought from China by the Black Sea region, but then was not producing anabolic wider leg. The fact is that this scheme to smuggle anabolic could not operate without the involvement of officials of the Customs Service. In the current situation it is obvious that such a scheme functioned criminal manifestations of protectionism, a situation which should be investigated and researched, “says Popescu. At the same time, the former head of the Directorate General of SIS reveals that the Service is not able to substitute the work of other bodies, moreover, given that several positions within the SIS were reduced.

Post Office in 2000, where people go for anabolic bags ready for export. Photo: CIJM

Reliable sources in the Posta Moldova we have revealed, however, that by 2013, within the Office Moldovan Post Street. Station Square in March, where takes place the processing of all postal in the country, was a secret office of ISS. But it was closed three years ago, by a decision of the Director of Security and Intelligence Service Mihai Balan, to optimize expenses institution. Smith claims he knows nothing about this office. Instead, Gregory Cobzac confirms existence. “We received a response from SIS show that there was such a subunit, located in Post Office 2000. According to Director of SIS, it was just specialized in providing operative-technical measures, without investigative powers. Balan says that she decided liquidation given the need to optimize organizational unit SIS, after evaluating the work inspected subunit “, declared the parliamentary commission of inquiry.

With or without the presence of security officers, the Office “strategic” Post of Moldova is monitored 24 hours 24 several hundred cameras installed in every room in the building.Until assuming his post by the Democratic Party of Moldova, guarding the building and management of video cameras guard was provided by the company “Legion”. By 2012, services are provided by the security company “Argus-S”, founded by off-shore Otiv Prime Services BV affiliated Vlad Plahotniuc.

US police chief accused of smuggling anabolic Moldova

Michael Classey, US police chief arrested for possession of anabolic substances in Moldova. Photo:

Instead, the United States, where does the greatest amount of anabolic substances in Moldova (according to our sources, there, some of the substances are loaded on ships and diverted to the African continent – no), there were several criminal investigations that have targeted the smuggling of steroids in Moldova. in September 2014, the law enforcement in Jacksonville, Florida, the twelfth most populous city in the US, detained him Michael Classey, Atlantic Beach local police chief. He was suspected of smuggling and anabolic drugs from Moldova and India. Internal Security Department of the police in Jacksonville was alerted after it was discovered that Classey had ordered several packages of anabolic Moldova and India, indicating the destination address of a shop “UPS Store” in the city.Classey’s home were found other vials of injectable anabolic steroids, coming from Moldova. However, smuggling scheme could not be established because, helped by his son, Classey managed to cover his tracks, throwing computer that had information.

According to US media, former police chief initially Atlantic Beach risking jail for 100 years. But the sentence was reduced considerably after the defendant failed to persuade magistrates ordered that preparations for personal use and is an alcoholic.

US media: “Moldova, a country with a high risk of smuggling anabolic”

Four months later, in January 2015, a football player from Carroll College Saints, in the US state of Montana, was arrested by law enforcement officers after it was discovered that the young buy anabolic steroids online illegally. The parcel intercepted by law enforcement 600 pills were “Strombafort” and “Danabol” Moldovan pharmaceutical products company known Balkan Pharmaceuticals. Jordan Jernigan pleaded guilty and admitted that obtain these substances by post, together with a colleague from Montana State University. The operation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration, in collaboration with the Customs Service in New Jersey, Helena Police Department, the Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Intervention Group of the Missouri River. Because he cooperated with the investigation, American football player was sentenced to six months in jail conditioning.

We found similar cases in other US states. According to articles in the US press, Moldova is a country with a high risk of smuggling anabolic, so the envelopes and mail from us are often checked by inspectors postal mailings Americans than other states.

To learn how frequent are cases of interception of anabolics from Moldova, we sent requests for information to the Anti-Doping Agency US Postal Inspection Service, the United States and the American Anti-Drug Agency (Drug Enforcement Administration). But after more than a month and a half since addressing approaches, I have not received an answer.Please call, officers from the press services of these three institutions have confirmed only that our requests have been received and are now ready answers and as soon as we receive will be ready.

wars underground

Anthony Roberts is a former American athlete who managed to obtain performances in martial arts and rugby, reaching the first division rugby player in Province Harbour in New Zealand and Rugby League grade two from the same country. According sites specialized , it is described as a fierce campaigner against consumption and trafficking of anabolic and is author of several books on the subject. We contacted to give us information about anabolic clandestine market in Moldova, but also capture the mysterious SIS 2009 which I mentioned above. Anthony Roberts revealed to us that the target of the operation in 2009 was the company producing illegal anabolics – Genesis Pharmaceuticals (specify that SIS packages seized in February 2016 containing products of the same company – no).

“The owner of the company is Vlad Nistor. At least it was in 2009. There is a sport, is a steroid dealer in the past decade working with various names for his laboratory. In Moldova, steroid dealers are connected to your politicians. Nistor was not, but perhaps it is now, “Anthony answered us.

International shady dealer of anabolic Moldovan

Most appreciated some sites specialized as a “guru” in Genesis explains that anabolic Pharmaceuticals (a company that is not officially registered in Moldova – en) is owned by “Naps / Napsgear”, a website sales steroids, and previously worked with “Axio Labs & GenXXL”, a major producer of steroids globally. Axio owner, Brian Wainstein, was arrested a few years ago in South Africa.

Brian Wainstein, called foreign news “King of anabolics”. Photo source:

Wainstein’s arrest is directly related anabolics in Moldova. According to information in a criminal case of his accomplices in federal court in New Jersey, Wainstein led a steroid manufacturing operation called Axio Labs. Also, the dealer, known as one of the leading global anabolic Moldovan sent to different addresses in the United States in 2007. Intermediaries receiving packages of drugs (people associate law, in this case, steroids with drugs – No.) repackage them and then forwarding them to end customers in the US, writes the the City Paper , Amercian Tennessee State. In this case, they were indicted and two bodybuilders in New Jersey, and Anne Darin Dudash Dudash. Operation of capturing Brian Wainstein, who was for many years the international search, helped by intelligence services and law enforcement institutions in Canada, the US, Britain and other countries.

Moldova, among the leaders in the production of anabolic globally

Anthony Roberts was unable to tell us who are the dealers of anabolic Moldovan politicians with ties, but said that today, worldwide, Moldova is one of the largest manufacturers of anabolic steroids. Often these substances leaving Moldova in other countries: Israel, Cyprus etc, and there are loaded on ships bound for their final destination.

Dmitri Kolomoiţev, Russian bodybuilder, previously arrested for illegal trading steroids. Photo Source:

That Moldova is today a major player on the black market anabolics and bodybuilder previously said Russian Dmitry Kolomoiţev, in an article published by Forbes Russia.According to him, the launch of production of anabolic steroids in Moldova is linked to the British Dragon, anabolic factory in Thailand, founded in the 90s by American Richard Crowley. Crowley’s business partner in Eastern Europe was Alin, a Romanian businessman, who organized the deliveries of raw materials and preparations anabolic Russia in unsanitary conditions, says Dmitri Kolomoiţev, called “the king anabolics” in Russia. “In 2006, Alin founded in Moldova company Balkan Pharmaceuticals, which gradually emerged from obscurity and began to deliver drugs and hospitals in Moldova. Balkan now owns a factory in Sangerul about 15,000 square meters, which produces a wide range of steroids, “writes Forbes. According to several sources, Alin is today one of the largest dealers of anabolic worldwide.” King anabolics “Moldova specifies that producers would hold a 50% market share in Russia anabolics.

I contacted Dmitri Kolomoiţev to place the subject matter in Russian publication. Initially, Russian bodybuilder said he was open to communicate, but as soon as I invoked the name of Alin changed attitude. “It rather seems to be an interrogation,” was his reaction after that we did not already answered.

Looking Alin

All our sources who know more about smuggling anabolic have been reluctant to discuss the mysterious character Alin, recommending us to start investigations from Balkan Pharmaceuticals. The company was founded in 2006 and it is today as associates SRL Global Alliance (50%) and a company created in Panama in 2007, British Dispensary Corporation (50%). Administrator of Balkan Pharmaceuticals Romanian citizen Silviu Florin Chiru. Please note that the only pharmaceutical company in Moldova that produce greenhouse legal anabolic drugs for human use .

British Dispensary Corporation appears as a founder and the Moldovan company and Genetic Engineering Institute of Pharmacy administered by Theodore Hauca, former Romanian senator in legislature 1996-2000, especially in Suceava County PD lists. Hauca is administrator and the Global Alliance SRL (second associate of Balkan Pharmaceuticals – No), founded by Think Concept Corporation of Belize. For hiding their owners in offshore zones, we managed to find out who the real owners of Balkan. But more curious are the details that we found in the history of the building and land Cadastre on str. Grădescu 4, where the Balkan factory. The building was purchased on June 21, 2005 Medstar Company , a firm founded in 2004 by Richard Edwin Crowley (known dealer world anabolics, owner of British Dragon which I mentioned above – no) and Andy Nemed, an individual with a criminal record in Romania. On October 9, 2006, the company sells construction Crowley Alin Hauca, Romanian senator’s son. In just one month, on 15 November 2006 Alin Daniel Hauca founded “Balkan Pharmaceuticlas”, as the sole shareholder. Administrator of the company is a citizen of Romanian Irina Maria Andreescu. According to the press in Romania Alin was involved in the scandal at Rosia Montana gold mining related. Further information about the businessman have failed to find. Over two months, on 29 January 2007 shall vacate his actions Georghe Alin Andreescu. Our sources argue that Romanian senator’s son is the character we’re looking for. Less than two months after this transaction, the building is sold Dorin Tanase his son Adrian Tanase known physician who in 2008 manages to buy the Chisinau City Hall and seven acres of land on which the building is situated. Between 2 April 2007 – 13 July 2007, Dorin Tanase was associated and sole director of pharmaceutical company. Later, he gave the company control of the company “Global Alliance”, which I took in 2013 as co-partners “British Dispensary Corporation” in Panama. In April 2009, Dorin Tanase sold the building and the land on which the factory Balkan spouses and Mariana Hauca Theodore, who passed it in 2012, the company bailment Balkan Pharmaceuticals.

“I do not want to talk about this subject”

Balkan Pharmaceuticals headquarters. But the factory name is not indicated anywhere in the building. Photo: CIJM

We failed to get a reaction from the opposite pharmaceutical company selling medicines containing anabolic abroad it produces. Company secretary asked us to send them questions via e-mail director Silviu Florin Chiru, which however has not answered us.

Contacted by telephone, Dorin Tanase confirmed that he met and Teodor Alin Hauca, but denied that it had any connection with Balkan Pharmaceuticals. Asked about the transaction with the building of str. Grădescu 4 Tanase has told us he does not want to discuss this topic.

We have not managed to find Alin and Theodore Hauca. On June 10, 2016, former senator was indicted by DNA, Department of combating corruption, where Dan Anton, former judge of the Court of Appeal Iaşi, who boasted that can provide protection at the level of Prime Minister Moldova of Italian businessmen.

Stati company producing anabolic?

Victor Minciuc, founder Vermodje (center) along with Gabriel Stati (right). Photo: Minciuc

Another major manufacturer of synthetic hormones in Moldova is the pharmaceutical company Vermodje, founded in 2001, but in 2005. Official registration certificate, the company has in the quality of associates Victor and Olga Minciuc Moldovanu. Minciuc but man is the businessman Gabriel Stati confidence, being more business manager of the state-holding, including the former supermarket chains “Piatiorocika”. Moreover, the pharmaceutical company was previously Vermodje last press Stati family properties list,indicating that it is one of the leaders in the production of ascorbic acid, aspirin, citramon.

What was not said so far is that Vermodje hold registration certificates to produce more anabolic veterinary preparations, which are sold on specialized sites abroad as steroids for human use. Until a year ago, the company and- Ghidighici had factory in the town, a suburb of the capital, str. Stefan cel Mare 39 A. the guard building that we found when we went to talk with company representatives informed us that Vermodje but went thence, almost a year. That even though in 2013, the owners have made significant investments in modernizing the plant.

According to an announcement in the Official Gazette of 10 June 2016 Vermodje changed its legal address bd. Dacia 44/5, ap. 93. According to data from the Cadastre, the apartment belongs to Mary Sergeyev, a 70-year-old.

A specialized site for users of anabolics, states that although Vermodje presents its preparations as veterinary steroids, this “trick” would be used to reduce state taxes and simplify the certification procedure preparations. “Otherwise, their products do not differ in any way from those of other companies that make steroids for human use,” says the source.

The criminal case with “happy end”

A year ago, YouTube has emerged a movie aimed Vermodje company and are presented in unsanitary conditions that would have kept company active substances and preparations.The video appears to be made by the officials in a criminal case started in March 2014 that the practice of illegal entrepreneurial activity, resulting in a profit in large unreported. The record can see that the factory premises were discovered Vermodje production labels of other brands of drugs. It’s about anabolic known brands “Radeja” “Radjay” and “Pharma Tech”.

12 January 2016, the Center District Court issued a decision on this matter, recognizing the company Vermodje guilty. The sanction imposed is a fine worth 45,000 lei and Phasing factory.

In the judgment, states that Vermodje, in agreement with some Boris Slobozian employee of the company during the period 2013-2014, in the absence of activity License and registration certificates drugs Medicines Agency, organized the production of several products pharmaceuticals (in the judgment of the trial are given the names of several anabolic preparations – no), and then through Boris Slobozian, and traded various individuals from Moldova, including Stanislav Struzberg (products worth 1, 3 million lei, not reflected in the accounts of the company) and Igor Gubarev (products worth 134.280 million). Another batch of medicines sold Vermodje, worth over three million lei, was discovered by law enforcement on the streets. Sculeni Barrier 5/1. According to the Financial Inspection only in January-August 2014 did not reflect Vermodje manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical products worth 4,157,407 lei. Manager of the company, Zinaida Stick, admitted guilt.

Without the factory, but with selling drugs

Stanislav Struzberg, world champion in bodybuilding. Photo:

Unhappy with the court’s decision, Vermodje sent the appeal to the Court of Appeal, which on April 22 issued a separate ruling, reducing the period of deprivation of the right to exercise the activity of manufacturing medicines up to one year. In this court expressly stated, with reference to several analysis reports, the drugs found in his house Stanislav Struzberg and were purchased from Vermodje are “medicinal products with strong effect, containing anabolic steroids.” Judged into a separate criminal case, for the purchase and subsequent illegal trading abroad anabolic preparations, Sturzberg who pleaded guilty in court was acquitted on the grounds that “it is a good family man and has no criminal record.”

Although officially Vermodje suspended work about a year in connection with the criminal investigation and court decision, the company’s products continue to be found for sale on websites specialized for anabolic consumers.

Our attempts to contact company management Vermodje failed. Mobile phone number of Minciuc, we managed to get from his business partners no longer available. And the old landline number of the company was suspended.

Anabolic the ex-president of the Federation of bodybuilding

Euro Chisinau headquarters of Prime Pharmaceuticals. Photo: CIJM

Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals is the latest and newest Moldovan company producing con’inut prepared with synthetic hormones. The company was opened on July 29, 2014, during the Vermodje came to the attention of the investigative body. Lilia company founders are Cojan and Dmitru Sergeyevich, bodybuilder, then president of the Federation of bodybuilding in Moldova. Like Vermodje, Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals produces drugs for veterinary anabolic effect. A website specializing in the Russian Federation , a person who claims to be the company’s praises production, especially prepared a new line of “Golden Dragon” products anabolic previously a factory in Ukraine and well-known consumer steroids. In 2016, the plant Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals won the contest “Notorium” in the category of best pharmaceutical company in Moldova (!).

Today, Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals products can be found for sale online stores of anabolics in Ukraine, Russia.

Vermodje between Prime Pharmaceuticals and Euro seems to be, however, other links.According to data from the State Registration Chamber, the elder brother of Dumitru Sergeyevich, Alexander, is a business partner of Boris Slobozian Vermodje targeted worker is employed in the criminal case on illegal anabolics pharmaceutical company marketing. The company Magic Step was founded in September 2014, two months after the registration Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals.

I called the number Bodybuilding Federation (FB) in Moldova to discuss with Dumitru Sergeyevich. The man we answer the phone, Aurelian Gorea, current president of FB, it announced that Sergeyevich is no longer president of the federation, was excluded after its members received more signals about the fact that he wanted to promote the sale of anabolics in the FB and abroad.

“Moldovan anabolics should not be anyone”

Dumitru Sergeyevich, builder, owner of Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals. Photo:

Dumitru Sergeyevich avoid talking about pharmaceutical factory he leads, stating that it has nothing to do with anabolics for human use. “My company produces hormonal preparations, veterinary, ie animals,” he emphasizes, ignoring the insistent question about how your company’s products on the Russian market.

Asked if there is any connection between Vermodje and Euro Prime Pharmaceuticals, Sergheevici denied. “None. My brother worked technologist at them and was fired. Now he is working on me. He and Boris are friends. Have a business selling shoes, “said the source.

In response to allegations of Aurelian Gorea, Sergeyevich claims that Gorea not dismissed.“I left alone. I supported this federation. Are international judge in the sport. It’s very unpleasant to hear such allegations from a person who did nothing for the sport. I really contributed to the development of this sport in Moldova. I have never sold anabolic federation athletes, “said Sergeyevich.

As Moldovan market of anabolics, Sergheevici adopt the tactic of denying the phenomenon. “We have a market anabolics? There appear to be few athletes. As factories, old Moldovan anabolics should no longer anyone. You know why? Because Russia and Ukraine anabolic own produce over 100 product names. Clandestine factories there like crazy and the USA. There is room there for Moldovan anabolics. In Ukraine and Poland recently it was dismantled a clandestine anabolic factory which produces dishes that written Moldova. They use the names of Moldovan companies to produce anabolic false. 90 percent of the world produces anabolics China and Ukraine, Poland earlier. Kolomoiţev everything he says is a lie. He’s a fantasy, I know. Previously, selling anabolic. About Alin I heard, but not him, “Sergeyevich told us, adding he does not believe that in Moldova there are clandestine factories of anabolics and there is no smuggling of these preparations.

clandestine factories

While Sergeyevich rejects the existence of clandestine factories, SIS, in the press release disseminated by the operation of 7 February 2016 suggest that they exist. “Intelligence and Security notifies public opinion, especially bodybuilding athletes, on the avoidance of appropriate medical management of uncertified products that could be manufactured in makeshift conditions and would endanger health,” reads the release. We have identified four such laboratories: Genesis Pharmaceuticals, Pharma Evolution, Pharmacom and SP Labs Laboratories.

Genesis Pharmaceuticals is the “star” of the 2009 and 2016 catches of SIS officers, but also to the operations conducted by law enforcement in Poland in March 2011. Then the police and Polish customs officers found in the apartment where he had his headquarters a criminal group trading anabolics, several boxes of Genesis Pharmaceuticals preparations, along with other anabolics from Moldova. Anthony Robers owner claims that Genesis is some Vlad Nistor. We failed to identify the person, but in the CIS database there is a person named Vladimir Nistor, founder of a pharmaceutical company inactive, Justas Farm, founded in 2003. The company has its legal address on the street. Tolstoy 36, ap. 12, non-existent address.

SP Labs Laboratories Pharmacom and two clandestine laboratories appear to be related. Both sites were shared server: CloudFlare Inc. and are registered in San Francisco, USA, having both of ZIP code 94107.

According to specialized sites selling steroids, Pharmacom Labs was opened in Moldova in 2006. In 2014, ghost would be significantly modernized production line, manufacturing dishes in modern packaging. About SP Laboratories, consumers steroids specialized forums say that its production is very similar to that of Balkan Pharmaceuticals. It is not known who is the clandestine factory owner. About Evolution Pharma is said to have appeared on the market last year and have laboratories in the region.

The investigation is carried out under the “Shining a Light on Corruption in Moldova” conducted by the Center for Investigative Journalism and Freedom House, with the support of the Foreign Ministry of Norway.

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