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Week in Review : MAJOR EVENTS, IMAGES AND PEOPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY NEWS. : COUNTY : 7 Charged With Sale of Illegal Steroids

<i> Times staff writers Marcida Dodson and Bill Billiter compiled the Week in Review stories. </i>

Steroids became news nationally and in Orange County last week.

In Washington, the FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide crackdown on illegal steroids, which have been used by some athletes to build muscles and increase strength.

In Orange County, the district attorney’s office filed criminal conspiracy charges against seven men, accusing them of illegal manufacture and distribution of anabolic steroids. Some of the steroids, according to the Fullerton Police Department, were given to football players at Fullerton College.

Medical authorities have warned that steroids have adverse reactions. But according to Fullerton Police Capt. Donald Bankhead, existing California law is relatively weak involving use or distribution of steroids. A bill to increase criminal penalties for illegal steroids is currently before the California Legislature.

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