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two arrests for steroids La Nuova Sardegna
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two arrests for steroids La Nuova Sardegna

Sassari gym owners and personal trainers arrested in drug trafficking

A major operation by the Nas carabinieri of Sassari resulted in searches and arrests of individuals linked to the world of urban gyms. The operation, which started at dawn yesterday, targeted 24 suspects, with two people placed under house arrest: personal trainer Fabrizio Piroddu, 45, and Mirko Pinna, 44, both from Sassari.

Anabolic drugs were seized during the searches and the suspects are accused of distributing them at gyms in the city. The investigation, coordinated by the Sassari Public Prosecutor’s Office, targeted individuals associated with gyms such as Spartan Fitness and Ludus in Predda Niedda.

Francesco Moretti, owner of the Ludus gym, was among those investigated. Moretti confirmed the raid, stating that police had searched both his gym and his home, but only found medications prescribed to him by a doctor for medical reasons. Moretti emphasized that no anabolic drugs were found in his possession.

The two arrested individuals will stand trial this morning, with further details of the investigation expected to be released by the Carabinieri. Piroddu, a nurse who works at a hospital, was previously arrested on similar charges in 2021, while Pinna recently agreed to a prison sentence on drug-related charges.

In a previous incident, Pinna was found to be operating a drug convenience store in his car wash, resulting in the seizure of cocaine, heroin, hashish and marijuana, along with cutting agents and cash. The investigation into the suspects is ongoing and more information is expected to come to light as the case progresses.