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Extradition hearing begins for woman wanted in US over alleged steroid distribution enterprise

Extradition hearing begins for woman wanted in US over alleged steroid distribution enterprise

An Irish woman wanted by the US authorities in connection with alleged involvement in a multi-million euro steroid distribution enterprise has appeared before the High Court yesterday for her extradition hearing.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was first arrested last year after she failed to hand herself over to American officials.

At yesterday's hearing, counsel for the Attorney General Robert Barron SC said that the woman faces five charges. 

The first charge relates to the conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, and has a maximum prison sentence of ten years.

The second charge is distributing human growth hormone, with a maximum sentence of 5 years, while the third charge, with a maximum penalty of 20 years, relates to importing substances into the United States.

The fourth and fifth charges both relate to money laundering.

Mr Barron told the court that the US authorities say the woman was part of a criminal organisation and that she willingly joined it.

He said that in his submissions are a number of affidavits from people who had worked with the organisation and had provided information.

The affidavits also contain information related to prison conditions in the US, he said.

Mr Barron told the court that the first three charges against the woman correspond in Ireland to regulations provided for by the Irish Medicines Board Act, 1995. 

These regulations govern the supply of medicinal products. 

All three offences are contrary to these regulations, the court heard.

Mr Barron also argued that there is correspondence between the charges and the Criminal Justice Act, 2006, which deals with organized crime.

Today, the court will hear submissions from the woman's lawyers.

The hearing continues before Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly.