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Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Alleged BALCO supplier Arnold pleads not guilty

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- A noted scientist pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges he distributed steroids and manufactured the performance-enhancing drug "the clear" that was at the center of the BALCO scandal.

Last week, a federal grand jury accused Patrick Arnold of conspiring with Bay Area Laboratory-Cooperative founder Victor Conte to illegally distribute the once-undetectable substance tetrahydragestrinone.

Arnold, 39, of Champaign, Ill., was charged with three counts of illegally distributing performance-enhancing drugs. He was released on $100,000 bond and was ordered to return to court Nov. 30.

The indictment of Arnold comes as prosecutors are taking aim at the alleged suppliers of BALCO. The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones.

Two months ago, authorities raided Arnold's laboratory in Champaign.

Conte and three others associated with the lab pleaded guilty to steroid charges. Arnold is the fifth person charged in the BALCO affair.

Conte, who masterminded the plan, was sentenced in October to four months in prison and four months' home confinement after negotiating a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Greg Anderson, Bonds' personal trainer, was sentenced to three months behind bars and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge.

BALCO vice president James Valente was sentenced to three years' probation and track coach Remi Korchemny is expected to receive probation at his February sentencing.

The case is United States v. Arnold, 05-00703.