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Possible steroid use inside Mid-South fire and police departments

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Authorities are looking into allegations of steroid use within a Mid-South police department and fire department.

A Hernando police officer and firefighter recently resigned for personal reasons, but now an investigation by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics has uncovered allegations of illegal steroids trafficking.

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson only learned of these allegations last week.

"In general, we want all our employees to do the right thing," Johnson said. "Everybody is human and everyone makes mistakes. We have been told if charges are to be leveled against anyone that the Bureau will let us know."
Narcotics investigators have also contacted the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department and an officer in the Horn Lake Police Department.  Hernando Police Chief Mike Riley said if investigators asking questions, it means they do suspect something.

"The fact that it's an investigation," Riley said. "Obviously they're looking for something, but all I know is there is an investigation. I guess that's what they're trying to determine."

Robert 'Scooter' Rayborn is a Hernando Police Officer and co-owner of HQ Fitness. He says he has never used or advocated the use of steroids, but the question has come up in the past.

"It seems like we get accused of doing it also," Rayborn said. "It's not fair to us. It's one of those things that gives the business a sore eye.

As is their policy, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics will neither confirm or deny any ongoing investigation.

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