A man described as an employee of...

A man described as an employee of slugger Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics allegedly had steroids on him when he was arrested on a concealed-weapons charge while trying to board a plane with Canseco, records show.

David Valdes was arrested Jan. 21 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport for allegedly possessing a loaded handgun as he and Canseco left Michigan after a baseball card show.

Valdes denied that 26 tablets found in his briefcase were steroids, saying they were “prescription pills . . . to make me gain weight and strength,” according to records.

State police laboratory tests determined the pills were steroids, according to a report obtained by the Detroit Free Press.


The arrest of Valdes “in no way implicates Jose,” an unidentified law enforcement official told the newspaper.