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Setting the record straight (Publ. 09/26/07)
An article about a sweeping federal crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs incorrectly reported the relationship between two men charged in San Jose with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Human Growth Hormone. Lance and Brandon Tomlinson are cousins.

Snagged by a sprawling federal steroids sting, two Bay Area brothers are facing federal allegations that they stole human growth hormone from biotech giant Genentech Inc. and sold it through a sports nutrition store in San Jose.

Their arrests represented just a fraction of Operation Raw Deal, the largest steroid crackdown in U.S. history, a coordinated effort to disrupt worldwide steroid manufacturing and distribution.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, which announced the operation Monday, was assisted by nine other countries, including China. Agents raided 56 labs across the country that manufactured anabolic steroids and human growth hormone and seized 11.4 million doses of drugs, according to the DEA.

Locally, Lance Tomlinson, 38, of San Jose, who owns Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in San Jose, and his brother, Brandon, 44, of Burlingame, who works at Genentech, are facing time in federal prison if they are convicted of conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute human growth hormone. One of Lance Tomlinson's employees, Jeffrey Coffron, 33, of San Jose was also charged.

Brandon Tomlinson was released