The Trevor Graham (pictured below with lawyer)trial started in San Francisco. As background, Graham coached track stars including Tim Montgomery, and Marion Jones. In the early 2000s Graham, irritated with his competition whom he believed used illegal anabolic steroids, mailed a mystery syringe to the USADA. That syringe contained THG (The Clear); this began the steroid and PED scandal called BALCO. Graham is charged with lying about his own history with steroids, to the BALCO Grand Jury in the course of the investigation.
Day One consisted of opening arguments. Day Two showcased ex-IRS, current FDA agent Jeff Novitzky, the star investigator of the BALCO probe, and Angel "Memo" Heredia, a steroids dealer well know to Graham.
Heredia spoke to his relationship with Graham (WaPo):
A prosecution witness in a federal steroids investigation said he provided track coach Trevor Graham and his athletes with steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs over four years that began around the time Graham and two sprinters visited him in Laredo, Tex., in December 1996, and stayed at his apartment for four days.
The witness, Angel "Memo" Heredia, identified Graham, the former coach of jailed sprinter Marion Jones, in several photographs he said were taken in his house, or at a nearby track, during the visit, which Heredia said was intended to kick off a business relationship involving performance-enhancing drugs.
"He wanted to establish a connection . . . to get performance-enhancing drugs," Heredia said during the second day of Graham's trial in federal court in the Northern District of California. "And he didn't want me working with anybody else."
Novitzky also testified about Graham's involvement with steroids, however was tripped up at points (again the WaPo):
But under cross-examination from Keane, Novitzky admitted that he had been mistaken when he said he did not know Heredia's full name -- he said he knew him only as "Memo" -- when he interviewed Graham four years ago. Keane produced a memorandum of an interview with Jones's ex-husband, C.J. Hunter, in which Hunter gave Novitzky Heredia's name and even spelled it. The interview with Hunter occurred just hours before Novitzky's interview with Graham.
Novitzky also said under cross-examination he might have been incorrect when he interpreted a handwritten scrawl on a paper inside the Balco folder that contained Graham's name to say "two beans." Novitzky told the jury he had learned that "beans" was slang for oral testosterone.
Memo Heredia will continue of the stand for cross on Day Three.