Thursday, February 23, 2012
A Kingwood man living in a rental home in the 2700 block of North Cotswold Manor in the gated community of Barrington was arrested by Houston police Feb. 2 and charged with the illegal distribution of human growth hormone. Court filings indicate Daniel Paul Lansdown, 35, was charged with three felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance (GHRP-6, HGH-1791, and CJC-1295), each count for distribution of substance weighing less than 28 ounces.
Lansdown has been charged with distributing the drug Nov. 4 to an undercover agent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to reports, Lansdown was manufacturing the human growth hormone in his home, using a powder from China, then shipping the product to international and domestic customers using the Internet business, Innovative Opportunities and websites such as www.pure-peptides.com, which is no longer functioning. Reports indicate authorities confiscated 2,600 vials of the suspected hormone valued at $50 each from Lansdown’s home.
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates cell reproduction and growth. Production of HGH peaks in youth and decreases with age. Since the 1980s, HGH has been produced synthetically and can be obtained legally from a pharmacy, if prescribed under a doctor-patient relationship. However, according to an August 2011 DEA document, HGH “is commonly abused by athletes, bodybuilders, and aging adults for its ability to increase muscle mass and decrease body fat, as well as its purported potential to improve athletic performance and reverse the effects of aging. The use of HGH is associated with several adverse effects including edema, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, muscle pain, and abnormal skin sensations (e.g., numbness and tingling). It may also increase the growth of pre-existing malignant cells, and increase the possibility of developing diabetes.”
According to the DEA, “Human growth hormone is not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). However, as part of the 1990 Anabolic Steroids Control Act, the distribution and possession, with the intent to distribute, of HGH “for any use...other than the treatment of a disease or other recognized medical condition, where such use has been authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services ... and pursuant to the order of a physician ...” was criminalized as a five-year felony under the penalties chapter of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of the FDA.”
Court records indicate Lansdown has retained Houston attorney Jimmy Ardoin, who has not returned calls for comment. Lansdown has been released on $45,000 bond and is scheduled for arraignment on the charges March 1. Lansdown does not show any other criminal history on the Harris County District Clerk website. The Barrington rental house Lansdown is currently living in is currently listed for sale for $499,000.