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Pete Rose Junior surrenders to DEA over drug charges


Pete Rose Jr, the son of Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader, surrendered to federal authorities on Monday to face charges that he was distributing GBL, a drug sometimes used as a steroid alternative.

The 35-year-old Rose could face a maximum of 20 years in prison. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said his arrest was part of a larger investigation into a major GBL trafficking organization.

The indictment said Rose admitted that he had received GBL from a person in Tennessee while a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

He also said he supplied half the players on that team with the drug. According to Rose, teammates would take GBL to "wind down" after games.

Rose played most of his career in the minor leagues, but made it to the majors for 11 games with the Reds in 1997. Last season he played for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

The GBL investigation began in 1999 and has included one of the largest seizures of GBL in US history.

In January last year, DEA agents seized about 1,060 liters of GBL from a storage unit in Murfreesboro. Further investigation revealed that Murfreesboro resident Bruce Michael Wayne was a nationwide distributor of the drug.

Wayne was arrested by DEA agents last January and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute GBL and money laundering charges, but failed to appear for sentencing and was a fugitive.

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