OMAHA (KPTM)- An Omaha man was arrested Tuesday night. He is accused of selling steroids that he made in his home.
Police say 40-year old Anthony Acome was under their radar for the last 4 months. Someone tipped off the Douglas County Sheriffs Department to what he was up to.
Anywhere from 10 to 12 deputies and investigators assisted in his arrest near 91st and Fort streets. They said Acome was in the middle of a sale.
Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said this was an unusual case. "This individual is actually manufacturing the steroids, that's what's unusual about this case. They're acquiring the chemicals themselves. They were acquiring them from overseas which is legal over there. Then he was manufacturing here and then selling on the streets," Bilek explained.
At his arrest, police say they seized nearly 200 vials. In his home, they say they found more steroids, as well as nearly 30 handguns and long guns, and about $15,000 in cash.
Investigators say Acome was buying the chemicals for about $3 to $5 a vial, and selling them for $60 to $80 a vile. Investigators believe he was selling the steroids to weightlifters, athletes, and even teen athletes. They say he is also a weightlifter.
An investigator on the case tells FOX 42 that there has been an issue with steroids going through area gyms. They're looking into whether or not he played a role in that. "When we found out that this suspect was actually producing and manufacturing the steroids, that really heightened our awareness to it and made us want to dig deep into what was going on," the investigator explained.
But police say their biggest concern was the fact that he may have been putting the drugs in the hands of high school athletes, desperate to compete for scholarships and be at their prime.
Neighbors of Acome say he is a quiet guy, but friendly. They say they never would have suspected he would be up to this. "You never know who your neighbor is I guess," said neighbor Brian Jackson.
Acome will have his bond hearing Friday. He faces charges of selling a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and gun charges.
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