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The state attorney general's office raided the SWATS building two weeks ago and has filed a complaint saying the business is making bogus claims about its health products. Source: WBRC video The state attorney general's office raided the SWATS building two weeks ago and has filed a complaint saying the business is making bogus claims about its health products. Source: WBRC video
Today SWATS owners Mitch Ross and Chris Key appeared in court for a preliminary hearing. Source: WBRC video Today SWATS owners Mitch Ross and Chris Key appeared in court for a preliminary hearing. Source: WBRC video
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A judge has filed a preliminary injunction that has shut down the "SWATS" business in Fultondale for now.

A preliminary hearing was held Thursday for two Fultondale business owners accused of deception.

Two weeks ago, the state attorney general's office raided the gym that houses the business known as "SWATS," which stands for Sports With Alternatives to Steroids.

Mitch Ross and Chris Key own the business. Thursday morning they appeared in court with their attorneys.

The attorney general's office filed a civil complaint saying SWATS made bogus claims about their health products, specifically a product called "deer antler spray."

Several of the SWATS products are being called into question, including pain management chips, some other sprays and a "concussion cap."

The state says the products pose significant dangers to consumers and they're not tested properly.

This morning they called Dr. Larry Bowers with the U.S. Anti-Doping agency to the stand. He testified that SWATS products are based off an Australian study, but that study says it's not scientific.

IGF1, EGF, Erthropoietin are all listed on SWATS' website and banned by USADA.

They are banned for the following reasons: They have performance enhancing ability, they are a health risk for athlete and they're against spirit of sport.

Around five doctors testified during the hearing, saying that there is no scientific proof to show that many of the products work.

The defense attorneys did not call any witnesses to the stand.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Caryl Privett signed a preliminary injunction that will essentially shut down SWATS from doing business until a there can be a hearing for a permanent injunction. That hearing will likely be in January.

After the ruling, Mitch Ross' only comment to the media was, "God is good."

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