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Steroid dealer from “The Wrestler” busted for…allegedly dealing steroids

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I admit I was curious when actor Scott Siegel, who played a bit part as the drug dealer who provides Randy “the Ram” (Mickey Rourke) with copious amounts of steroids in “The Wrestler,” supposedly said in an interview last month that he had been doing years of research for the role. Hmmmm….

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Method actor: Siegel's performance in "The Wrestler" was so multi-layered yet subtle. He had me really believing he was a drug-dealing steroid freak.

NEW YORK — The actor who played a steroid dealer in the Oscar-nominated “The Wrestler” was charged Thursday with being the real thing: Authorities arrested him in a large steroid bust that culminated in a violent chase.

New York authorities have uncovered 1,500 bottles of steroids and more than $150,000 in cash allegedly belonging to Scott Siegel, who was arrested on Wednesday on drug and assault charges.

Siegel, who appeared as a drug dealer alongside Mickey Rourke is facing one count of steroid distribution and another for reportedly assaulting a federal police officer.

The 34-year-old was under surveillance by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials and was apprehended when they allegedly spotted him picking up a package outside the home of his parents, reports the New York Daily News.

Siegel attempted to flee the scene after police vehicles tried to block his exit. He was apprehended after a brief chase through Eastchester, New York and held without bail.

Steroids and stashes of $30,000 and $70,000 in cash were found in the Lake Isle townhouse belonging to the parents of the actor, according to detectives with the New Rochelle Police Department. Another $70,000 in cash and packaging materials for steroids were reportedly found at his home.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan also accused Siegel of leading Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local police on a car chase worthy of an action flick.

Siegel, 34, was ordered held without bail on federal drug dealing and assault charges at a court appearance Thursday in White Plains, N.Y. The arrest and chase played out three days before the Oscars, where “The Wrestler” could garner an Academy Award for the lead actor, Mickey Rourke.

Prosecutors said investigators had seized 1,500 bottles labeled as anabolic steroids and tens of thousands of dollars in cash during searches of the Siegel home and that of his parents.

Authorities had Siegel under surveillance as part of a steroid-trafficking investigation. On Wednesday night, officers staking out a town house in a gated development in Westchester County spotted him getting out of his car carrying a brown box, court papers said.

Siegel spotted the officers unmarked vehicle, walked over and commented on their car before driving away, the papers said. When he returned a short time later, several police vehicles converged on his car.

In the ensuing pursuit, he smashed through a fence and rammed three police cars and two DEA cars, “apparently intentionally,” the court papers said.

When cornered, Siegel again smashed into police cars and aimed his car at one of the officers who was on foot “in an apparent attempt to run him over,” the paper said. He eventually tried to flee on foot before officers finally grabbed him, the papers added.

Another police officer on the scene described Siegel’s crazed attack as “Hulking up.” Officers finally subdued Siegel with a combination of pepper spray and medicated powder to the eyes, before wrapping up him in a small package. 

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