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Chris Caplinger – The Cop Behind Vis Vires Labs Pleads Guilty to Steroid Manufacturing (USA)

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Chris Caplinger – The Cop Behind Vis Vires Labs Pleads Guilty to Steroid Manufacturing
November 7th, 2018




Chris Caplinger thought he'd start an illegal steroid lab following his retirement from the Edmond Police Department


Chris Caplinger admitted to being the man behind the popular underground lab known as Vis Vires Labs. Caplinger pleaded guilty to manufacturing anabolic steroids and money laundering in federal court on November 1, 2018.

Caplinger was a former cop with Edmond Police Department (EPD) in Oklahoma for 20 years. He retired from the EPD in September 2004.

Caplinger apparently thought he could outsmart police investigators by using the knowledge and experience involving drug investigations he acquired during his career as a cop. He knew how the cops operated to bring down drug dealers. And he knew how to avoid the attention of law enforcement. Or so he thought.

Caplinger had been doing very well with Vis Vires Labs. Vis Vires had a wide selection of anabolic steroid products and ancillary bodybuilding drugs. Customer service was good. And customers were happy with the results obtained from Vis Vires products.

Vis Vires Labs took several security precautions intended to outsmart police

Caplinger “hired” at least seven employees to work with the Vis Vires Labs steroid trafficking organization. The employees generally had limited roles. And each role was intended to provide an extra layer of security insulating Caplinger from being caught.

For example, Caplinger paid a guy in North Carolina to receive international shipments of steroid powder from China. The man would take possession of the product and reship it to Caplinger. He hired other employees to set up PayPal and Google Pay accounts to receive customer payments. Other employees were hired to open up multiple post office boxes under fictitious names. At least one employee helped Caplinger launder money through various bank accounts. And of course, there were the reps on the internet forums marketing Vis Vires to bodybuilders.

Caplinger may have thought these precautions made him bulletproof. But he was wrong. Caplinger received a rude awakening on the morning of November 29, 2017. Armed federal agents raided his Edmond home and a commercial office for “Boss Auto Sales”. The gig was up.

Caplinger had been targeted in an investigation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that involved quite a few other federal, state and local agencies including the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Edmond Police Department.

Police found out that Boss Auto Sales was just a front for the clandestine laboratory used by Caplinger to manufacture anabolic steroids. The commercial office was full of laboratory equipment, pill presses and raw steroid powders.

Police didn’t find a lot of steroids at Caplinger’s home. But somehow they discovered a huge stash of cash that was secretly buried in Caplinger’s backyard. The amount of cash added up to approximately $280,000.

A grand jury indicted Caplinger and three of his co-conspirators on 23 counts related to the operation of Vis Vires Labs on March 20, 2018. Four co-conspirators were never charged by federal prosecutors.

Caplinger and his three indicted co-conspirators have all pleaded guilty to some of the charges. They are scheduled to be sentenced by the end of January 2019.

Caplinger could very well receive substantial jail time because he is already a convicted felon. In 2009, Caplinger was convicted of conspiracy and bribing a peace officer while working as a private investigator following his retirement from the Edmond Police Department. He served three years probation.

 
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That had to hurt when they dug up the $280,00 USD from his backyard...
Pretty sure there would have been some tears, lol.
 

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How ironic, served his career as a cop, served his retirement in prison. lol
 

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He'll get a reduced or altered sentence...and/or very light jail time probably house arrest/probation with a curfew etc. I would wager his lawyers will argue that he can't be put into prison - since he is a former police officer many in the prison system will want him dead and his life will be in jeopardy etc.
Still funny though.
Don't fuck with Uncle Sam when it comes to drugs. If it's not through the officially sanctioned production means where lobbyists make backroom deals, payoffs, line the pockets of government officials with payouts and bonuses and of course taxes - you better believe they will hunt you down and stop you.
Governments gotta get paid!! The U.S. government is one of the largest criminal organizations/drug cartels in the world (not to mention arms dealers!). Pales in comparison to the Catholic Church (in terms of criminality)...but that's a whole other debate.
 
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-- Hahaha the bottom picture >>>> Former international headquarters for Vis Vires Labs :ROFLMAO: It reminds me of the movie 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' when Leo's character is bullshitting the guy on the phone to buy penny stocks in a burgeoning new company called 'Aerotyne Industries' -- the camera then flashes to a little shitbox shed at the side of a house with an affixed sign that reads "Aerotyne Industries' :LOL:

This guy took many precautions but it just affirms the old adage of -- "It's not a question of if I'll get caught but instead WHEN I'll be caught." A story as old as time.

This guy is facing a slew of charges and he was arrested by federal authorities. Not good. He's looking at pretty hefty time. The feds will no doubt be going for the maximum and probably threatening with the RICO statute making him out to be the head of a criminal organization, hence why they're using the word "employees." They'll use that as leverage. Some of his cohorts have flipped already so I'd say the jig is up and if I were him I'd just take the best plea bargain offered. It'll be interesting to see the final sentencing update come January 2019.
 
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-- Hahaha the bottom picture >>>> Former international headquarters for Vis Vires Labs :ROFLMAO: It reminds me of the movie 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' when Leo's character is bullshitting the guy on the phone to buy penny stocks in a burgeoning new company called 'Aerotyne Industries' -- the camera then flashes to a little shitbox shed at the side of a house with an affixed sign that reads "Aerotyne Industries' :LOL:

This guy took many precautions but it just affirms the old adage of -- "It's not a question of if I'll get caught but instead WHEN I'll be caught." A story as old as time.

This guy is facing a slew of charges and he was arrested by federal authorities. Not good. He's looking at pretty hefty time. The feds will no doubt be going for the maximum and probably threatening with the RICO statute making him out to be the head of a criminal organization, hence why they're using the word "employees." They'll use that as leverage. Some of his cohorts have flipped already so I'd say the jig is up and if I were him I'd just take the best plea bargain offered. It'll be interesting to see the final sentencing update come January 2019.
I love the movie

 
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