Trial in Ala. pharmacy steroids case to begin

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The trial of 10 men charged in a steroids conspiracy involving an online pharmacy based in Mobile is set to begin this week.

Chief U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade last week handed prosecutors a victory by deciding to allow them to introduce evidence about a Colorado businessman's alleged history with steroids.

Brett Branch, who ran an Eaton, Colo. health company that authorities contend illegally sold steroids, is one of 12 people named in the indictment.

Branch and business owners are accused of recruiting doctors to write bogus prescriptions for anabolic steroids, which Applied Pharmacy Services filled. Authorities contend that the pharmacy, where Branch once worked as a salesman, filled thousands of illegal prescriptions.

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