Drug bust nets more arrests

June 8, 2009 5:09:52 PM PDT
There are more arrests in a recent drug bust that stretched from Fort Bend County to California. There have now been more firefighters arrested. Sources inside the Fort Bend County Sheriff's office tell us four Copperas Cove firefighters have turned themselves in, admitting some involvement in this steroids operation. Meanwhile the man alleged to be at the center of the crimes remains out of custody and at work.

Among the businesses accused ringleader Christopher Rock Falkenhagen owns is a Smoothie Factory near Highway 59 and Highway 99. We've been trying to track him down since his arrest, and finally found him, but he refused to talk to us, even to say that he might be innocent.

At least 65 others were arrested last month in what authorities call the largest narcotics bust ever in Fort Bend County history. At least 16 of those suspect appeared in court for the first time on Monday. Authorities accuse most of conspiracy of distributing hundreds of thousands of doses of steroids and human growth hormones.

Agents say the ring used chemicals from China to make steroids and sold them along with other drugs, including Ecstasy and painkillers. Some of those arrested, though not even tried yet, say the allegations alone have hurt them.

"Absolutely," insisted defendant Brandon Morrow. "I lost my job because of it."

Morrow says he did nothing wrong.

It's worth noting that neither the Copperas Cove fire nor police department could confirm what we learned from Fort Bend investigators have told us about those firefighters turning themselves in.

The suspects appearing in court Monday had their cases reset till next month.

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