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Company, Executive Convicted in Veal-Drug Case

June 11, 1996

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A company executive could face years in prison for selling illegal steroid-type drugs to speed the growth of veal calves.

A federal jury convicted Vitek Supply Corp. and its president, Jannes Doppenberg, on Monday of 12 counts involving the smuggling and distribution of Clenbuterol and other illegal drugs added to veal feed.

Between 1988 and April 1994, Vitek allegedly sold more than 1.7 million pounds of products containing drugs that have not been approved for use in animals intended for human consumption.

The products were shipped to feed companies and veal calf growers in Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Illinois, the indictment said.

Doppenberg and employees used code words on company records to hide the mixing of drugs into the feed, and used the illegal drugs to boost profits. prosecutors told jurors.

The defense argued that government expert tests of the feed were inconclusive, only showing the feed was ``consistent″ with the chemistry of some of the drugs.

The company, based in Oak Grove, could face a $3 million fine and Doppenberg faces up to 48 years in prison and a $1.56 million fine when sentenced Aug. 18.

Vitek’s office manager, Sherry Steffen, pleaded guilty to a reduced drug charge and testified for the prosecution. She faces a one-year term at her sentencing Aug. 5

Prosecutors say indictments of more companies and employees are expected.

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