Everyone knows that there is a lot of legal risk involved in setting up a clandestine underground laboratory (UGL) to illicitly manufacture and traffic anabolic steroids. You would never want to do anything that would unnecessarily draw the attention of law enforcement.
For example, you would think that it goes without saying that it is a fundamentally bad idea to date a woman who is awaiting trial on murder charges. It’s literally one of the last things you would want to do if you had any hope for self-preservation in the steroid business.
Yet in this crazy world of black market steroids where practically anyone can order some raw steroid powder from China to create their own steroid label, you should never be surprised at the reckless disregard for operational security shown by some of these amateur labs.
Mission Laboratories was an established steroid UGL in Canada that reportedly had been successfully avoiding the ire of law enforcement and doing business since 2010. But then a few months ago, Michael Kidd, the alleged owner of Mission Labs, risked the ongoing continuity of his illegal enterprise when he apparently hooked up with a woman awaiting trial for murder.
Sarah Posthumus (aka “Sarah Jane” and “Betty K Rocker”) was arrested by the Strathcona County RCMP and charged with first degree murder and attempted murder charges on March 17, 2015. Posthumus was released on only $5000 bail and had been free for the past two years as her murder trial kept being delayed.
Perhaps Kidd overlooked the inconvenient murders charges facing his new girlfriend given that Posthumus was a local celebrity even before her notoriety as a murderer. She was a relatively attractive model (who several gigs in the tattoo industry) and a certified music video vixen (who appeared in the official music lyric video for the successful Canadian alternative rock band Theory of a Deadman).
Maybe Kidd forgot about the well-publicized slaying of a man whose bullet-ridden body was discovered in a burning Jeep on December 30, 2014. A second man found in the Jeep survived. Maybe Kidd dismissed the fact that police considered his current girlfriend and her former boyfriend as the only suspects involved in the slaying.
Whenever there is a possible murderer on the loose, either as a fugitive or out on bail, their actions and whereabouts are of considerable interest to police. There is no doubt that Posthumus brought excessive heat from police everywhere she went. And if she dated the owner of Mission Labs and lived in the residence that housed an illegal clandestine steroid laboratory, she certainly provided an open invitation for police to take a closer look. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the murderous girlfriend was the ultimate reason for the downfall of Mission Laboratories.
“A key supply chain that distributed large amounts steroids has been disrupted. Those who produce and traffic in illicit drugs put persons health and safety at risk. The RCMP remains fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent” – said Inspector Kevin NICHOLSON, RCMP Toronto West Detachment, Serious and Organized Crime.
The take home lesson for prospective steroid UGL kingpins is that dating (alleged) murderers is a story that does not end well.