The owner of a local fitness club was arrested Thursday on charges of possessing steroids with the intent to distribute them.
Richard "Junkyard" Sells, 38, owner of Junkyards Jym & Nautilus Center, 535 Gateway Dr., was booked into the Douglas County Jail after he allegedly made a transaction involving anabolic steroids with a confidential informant working for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
This morning, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory described the arrest as a "reverse bust" but would said little else about the investigation or the arrest.
Authorities use the term "reverse bust" to describe an arrest in which the suspect purchases or obtains illegal substances from a law enforcement agent or informant. In a normal bust, it's the suspect who sells or distributes drugs.
Authorities claim that Sells planned to distribute the steroids he obtained in the alleged transaction.
Flory said the arrest was the first in Douglas County involving steroids, which are performance-enhancing compounds sometimes used by athletes.
Rick Trapp, Douglas County assistant district attorney, this morning said he filed a complaint against Sells containing a felony count of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
At a court appearance Thursday, a preliminary hearing for Sells was scheduled for Jan. 17. Sells was released on a $4,000 recognizance bond.
Trapp said the arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the KBI and the Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit. He said authorities had been investigating Sells for "a couple of months."
Neither Flory nor Trapp would comment about the amount of steroids involved in the alleged transaction. Authorities also would not say where the alleged transaction occurred.
Sells, a weightlifter who has competed in numerous bodybuilding contests, opened his gym in 1984.