Chemist in BALCO case sentenced to three months
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
August 4, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - An Illinois chemist who created
a once-undetectable steroid like sports drug known as "The
Clear" was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco today
to three months in prison and three months of home confinement.
Patrick Arnold, 40, of Champaign, Ill., pleaded guilty in April
to one count of conspiring with Victor Conte, founder of the Bay
Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO, and others to distribute
an anabolic steroid called norbolethone between 2000 and 2003.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Illston for that
During his guilty plea, Arnold also admitted to making two other
drugs -- a synthetic steroid-like derivative known as THG or The
Clear and another drug known as DMT or Madol -- as part of a conspiracy
to give professional athletes performance-enhancing drugs that
could not be detected under the drug-testing protocols then in
Arnold, an organic chemist, is the fifth person to be convicted
and sentenced in connection with a sports steroid scandal centered
around Burlingame-based BALCO.
His sentence is similar to those given to other defendants.
Conte, BALCO Vice President James Valente, track coach Remi Korchemny
and personal trainer Greg Anderson pleaded guilty to various charges
before Illston in 2005.
Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months'
home detention and Anderson received three months in prison and
three months' home detention. Valente and Korchemny were placed
U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said, "This sentence is another
step in our ongoing effort to prosecute those who are involved
in the creation and illegal distribution of performance enhancing
Terry Madden, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping
Agency, said, "The conviction and sentencing of steroid designer
Patrick Arnold is a great example of the progress that can be
achieved when anti-doping organizations and the federal government
cooperate in the fight against sports doping.
"We all share the same goal of breaking the hold that steroids
have on sport," Madden said.
USADA is an independent, nongovernmental organization dedicated
to fighting and preventing the use of performance-enhancing drugs
by Olympic athletes.
In an early stage of the investigation, a track coach anonymously
sent USADA a syringe containing The Clear in 2003 and said it
had come from BALCO. USADA contacted federal authorities.
Illston also ordered Arnold to participate in a drug testing
program and not to contact any of the previous BALCO defendants.
Arnold is to begin serving his sentence on Sept. 19.
Arnold's defense attorneys were not immediately available for
The chemical name for The Clear is tetrahydragestrinone or THG.
The name for Madol is desoxymethyltestosterone, also known as
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