DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 18th, 2006 / 03:00 PM

A 39-year-old Schenectady man has been arrested for possessing and distributing steroids after a month-long joint investigation by the Departmentís Vice Squad and the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

Eric L. Rosa, of 217 Jackson Avenue, was arrested at his residence on Monday afternoon. During a search of Rosaís home, $4,683 in cash, a computer, and anabolic steroids in the form of liquid, pills and cream were seized.

Rosa has been charged with the felonies of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance-5th degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance-5th degree, and Reckless Endangerment-1st degree. The Reckless Endangerment charge is the result of Rosa selling an anabolic steroid that he had labeled with the name of a fictitious laboratory he created and the substance was not approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, nor was it manufactured in a sterile or proper way, which created a grave risk of serious injury or death when injected.

Rosa was arraigned in Police Court and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail.