Virginia man tied to Polk steroid bust

March 24th, 2010 by

BARTOW - Investigators say Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel, a Washington D.C. area chiropractor, claims that seven shipments of steroids were for his personal use.

“The amount of steroid that was shipped to him was enough to kill an entire herd of elephants,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “That’s more than just personal use.”

But deputies say Nagel’s supplier, Andy Thomas of Lakeland, told them Nagel bragged about his professional sports connections among other teams, the leading NHL Washington Capitals Hockey Team.

Court affidavits quote Thomas saying: “Nagel had boasted about supplying illegal steroids to several athletes associated with the Capitals and Nationals (baseball team).”

“Detectives confirmed through a trainer for the Capitals that Dr. Nagel provided chiropractic services for several team members,” Judd said.

They had to look no farther than Nagel’s sports medicine office in the same complex where the Capitals train: the signs say he is the Capital’s chiropractor, which the team denies.

Thomas says Nagel wanted him to come to Washington, D.C. to meet some of the un-named hockey and baseball players.

“We don’t have any conclusive proof that any professional athlete purchased drugs from Dr. Nagel, but our investigation is ongoing,” Judd said.

Dr. Nagel’s wife refused to talk to reporters near the couple’s Reston, Virginia home.

Polk detectives say after a tip from the feds, they found records of seven shipments to Nagel during a raid on Thomas’ home last May. They also seized more than $200,000 dollars worth of illegal steroids, along with shipping labels showing steroids coming in from 13 countries, including Russia and China.

Deputies say Thomas told them, “you name the sport and I’ve sold steroids to the people who play it.”

In a statement, the Capitals deny that Nagel is the team’s official chiropractor, though they do admit he’s treated some members of the team, but insist none of the Capital’s players have tested positive in team history.

What’s interesting, NHL critics say, is that looking at the court documents, the timing of the alleged steroid shipments from Florida to Virginia are nearly all at the end of the season or during offseason, when the National Hockey League does not test its players.

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