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New York, NY - NYPD Deputy Chief of Brooklyn North to Face Trial for Steroid

Published on: May 27, 2009 11:03 AM
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NYPD Deputy Chief of Brooklyn North, Michael MarinoBrooklyn, NY - An NYPD deputy chief linked to a steroid scandal faces a departmental trial after an administrative judge refused to throw out evidence against him.

Michael Marino was among two dozen NYPD employees whose names turned up on a list of customers who allegedly bought steroids and human growth hormone from Lowen’s Compounding Pharmacy in Brooklyn.

Marino argued that the list - seized from the pharmacy during a supposedly secret Albany grand jury probe in 2007 - never should have been given to Internal Affairs.

“Grand jury testimony is secret for a reason and the results of that probe should not be turned over and wind up in an internal departmental hearing,” his attorney, Michael Shapiro, said during a hearing at 1 Police Plaza.

Martin Karopkin, deputy commissioner of the NYPD’s administrative trials, noted that Marino “came forward with information about his treatment” after his name surfaced.

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The deputy chief took and passed a drug test and initially was cleared by top brass.
An ongoing investigation, however, found he had a prescription for HGH that was not medically necessary.

Marino declined to take an offer of a year’s probation and loss of 30 days’ pay, setting the stage for a disciplinary trial - which Karopkin set for Sept. 14.

Shapiro said after the decision that the ruling was not a surprise.
“The department had already settled other cases. It would have been an embarrassment if the information was suppressed now,” he said.



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 May 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Can someone explain why a person would take these steroids. I thought that only athletes took them to increase their muscles.

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 May 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Can someone explain why a person would take these steroids. I thought that only athletes took them to increase their muscles.

people that work out in gyms that want to build muscles they should have a big chest & hands use steroids also

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 May 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

people that work out in gyms that want to build muscles they should have a big chest & hands use steroids also

So this is a "macho" thing.

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