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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/23/2010 

 PCSO Detectives Arrest Virginia Chiropractor for Dealing in Steroids With Richard "Andy" Thomas of Lakeland 


On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, undercover detectives assigned to the Polk County Sheriff’s Tactical Drug Unit, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, arrested 50-year-old Dr. Douglas Owen Nagel (DOB 2/15/60), of 12025 Edgemere Circle, Reston, VA, on an arrest warrant out of Polk County, Florida.  Nagel is charged with 7 counts Solicitation to Deliver a Controlled Substance, and one count Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance, after an investigation revealed that Nagel, who is a chiropractor with two offices in the Virginia/Washington, D.C. area, has been purchasing anabolic steroids for at least a year from Richard “Andy” Thomas of Lakeland.  The Office of the State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit in Florida is prosecuting the case. 

On May 21, 2009, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Philadelphia intercepted a package containing illicit steroids, including Nandrolone Decanoate (DECA), human growth hormone (HGH), and other performance-enhancing drugs, destined to Polk County, Florida, from the Slovak Republic. On May 26, 2009, PCSO Tactical Drug Unit detectives and ICE agents from Tampa served a search warrant at the residence in Polk County where the steroids were to be delivered – 1087 Stoney Creek Drive in Lakeland, the home of Richard “Andy” Thomas.  

The search warrant served at Thomas’ home uncovered multiple firearms, a large stash of over $200,000 worth of illegal steroids, and extensive documents, including shipping labels showing that Thomas had received steroids from the following areas of the world: Bulgaria, China, The Czech Republic, Greece, India, Iran, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, The Slovak Republic, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.  

Detectives placed Richard “Andy” Thomas, who called himself the largest steroid dealer in central Florida, under arrest. Thomas told detectives after his arrest that he had sold steroids to a doctor named Douglas Nagel who lived in the Washington, D.C. area. Detectives found a shipping label in Thomas’ home addressed to Doug Nagel in Sterling, Virginia. Thomas also told detectives that Nagel told him that he (Nagel) worked with professional athletes in the Washington, D.C. area and that he had boasted about supplying steroids to these athletes. (Thomas is currently awaiting federal sentencing on charges of Possession of Anabolic Steroids With Intent to Sell or Distribute, and Importation of Anabolic Steroids Into the State of Florida.) 

Detectives obtained subpoenas for shipping labels from the United States Postal Service and Federal Express to corroborate the shipment of packages between Thomas and Nagel. In all, detectives learned that Nagel sent a total of seven (7) packages via FedEx to Andy Thomas from April 4, 2008, to May 4, 2009. Through interviews with Nagel and Thomas, both men confirmed that these packages contained money sent from Nagel to Thomas. After receiving the money, Thomas then sent Nagel large quantities of anabolic steroids, per Nagel’s request.

With the assistance of the United States Postal Service, detectives were able to recover two packing labels from Thomas to Nagel: one confirmed a package weighing 9.1 oz. was sent to Nagel from Thomas on August 11, 2008, and one confirmed a package weighing 14 oz. was sent to Nagel from Thomas on May 4, 2009. Both men admitted that these packages contained illegal anabolic steroids.  

On March 23, 2010, PCSO detectives and U.S. Marshal’s agents took Dr. Douglas Nagel into custody at his home in Reston, VA, and charged him with 7 counts Solicitation to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Steroids), and one count Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Steroids). 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has no conclusive evidence or proof that Nagel has provided any steroids to any professional athletes.