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Anabolic steroids found in Garrett Reid's room; DA says they didn't contribute to death

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 17 2012 01:27:48 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 04:19:19 AM CST

Garrett Reid

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

No criminal charges will be filed in the death of Garrett Reid, the troubled son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Garrett died of a heroin overdose at Lehigh University, during the team's August training camp. But prosecutors also dropped a bombshell on Monday, revealing that Reid's dorm room contained large amounts of illegal steroids.

Investigators could not find evidence that Reid was buying or selling drugs to Eagles players though, according to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

Reid had a long history of drug abuse. After a four-month investigation, Morganelli said investigators could not determine who supplied him with the lethal drugs.

"In light of the aforementioned events, the Lehigh University Police has closed its investigation," he said.

According to Morganelli, Reid's cell phone records yielded little useful information.

"Much of the contact … was incidental contact with friends and relatives, not out of the norm," the prosecutor said.

But then a bombshell. Testing revealed that 19 vials found in Reid's dorm room turned out to be illegal steroids, according to Morganelli. They included testosterone propionate, a steroid Morganelli said is typically injected every two to three days.

Other drugs included boldenone undecylenate, a steroid that lasts up to a month. Morganelli said athletes sometimes use the steroid in the off-season because it stays in the body longer.

Other substances included nandrolone phenylpropionate, which Morganelli said "used to be very expensive and hard to get." Finally, some vials contained trembelone acetate, a particularly potent muscle booster typically used by veterinarians.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said specimens from Reid's body are being re-tested for all four substances, but insisted that heroin alone caused his death.

"The possession by Mr. Reid of these substances were, however, unrelated to his death," added Morganelli.

That testing should take a few weeks, according to Lysek.

Garrett Reid was working with the team's strength coaches at the time, but Morganelli's investigation did not implicate any players or Eagles staff.

"We could not provide any evidence or substantiate that anybody in the Eagles or any organization was involved with this," he said.

The NFL tests for all four of the steroids found in Reid's room. Calling the drug revelation "disappointing," Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie also noted, "It is a matter of record that none of our players has tested positive for any of the steroids mentioned in the district attorney’s report."

Head Coach Andy Reid issued the following statement:

"I am confident that my son’s decisions did not affect our football team in any way. I cannot apologize enough for any adverse appearances that my son's actions may have for an organization and a community that has been nothing but supportive of our family.”

Investigators did interview a "female friend" who had called and texted Garrett Reid before his death, but Morganelli said she is not believed to be connected to his death.