Steroids for sale next to soy

Abu Ahmed Golam Sarwar, 37, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

The Toronto Star
April 29, 2005

Steroids for sale next to soy
Undercover police bought illegal drugs. Health food franchise store owner charged.
Emily Mathieu

Stocking steroids next to the soy milk resulted in the arrest of a Toronto store owner after undercover officers purchased the illegal performance-enhancing drugs at an east end health food store.

"Obviously steroids are a major issue today in sports." said Toronto Drug Squad Det. Don Theriault.

He said it is difficult to gauge the amount of steroid use in Toronto, but police consider it a serious issue.

Undercover officers began their investigation after a community member complained of illegal activity at Nature's Health Foods on Danforth Ave., Theriault said.

Police purchased the drugs once in March and again last Tuesday.

Selling a variety of health food items and natural supplements, the store is one of four independent franchised locations across the city sharing the same name.

"If you sell these types of products you may have short-term financial gain but you can't have peace of mind," said Saad Lohani, 49, the owner of Nature's Health Foods on Gerrard St. E.

Abu Ahmed Golam Sarwar, 37, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 1.


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