Federal agents search, seize products at offices, home of nutritional product maker

Hood River Police Chief Bruce Ludwig confirmed today (April 20) that his agency last week assisted 46 federal agents in serving a search warrant at two business locations and the personal residence of Hood River businessman James G. Cole.

“We assisted the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the U.S. District Attorney and were present when they served the search warrant,” Ludwig said. “They seized product from the shelves and some machines that are supposed to help you lose weight.”

Cole, according to his Facebook page, owns Maxam Nutraceutics, TurboSonic USA, Advanced Sports Nutrition and theĀ  fitness center, The Big Gym.

The company, with offices at 1020-D Wasco St., produces and markets nutritional supplements online and through the Big Gym. Visitors to the Maxam Nutraceutics web site on April 20 were greeted with the message “Our website is currently under maintenance. If you need assistance please call 1-800-800-9119.”

The Food and Drug Administration on Oct. 12, 2010, issued a warning letter to Cole and Maxam. Before getting into itemized detail, the letter said:

“This letter concerns your firm’s marketing of your products: PCA-Rx, PC3x, AFX, AD-Rx, AN-Rx, Anavone, AV-Rx, BioGuard, BSAID, CF-Rx, CreOcell, Dermatotropin, Endotropin, GTF-Rx, IM-Rx, Keto-Plex, Natural Passion, NG-Rx, NX-Rx, OR-Rx, Oxy-Charge, PN-Rx, Ultra-AV, Ultra Pure Yohimbe, and the Heavy Metal Screening Test on your website, www.maxamlabs.com1. These products are marketed in violation of provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) as described below.”

When asked if the recent search and seizure had anything to do with that warning letter, Charles Breen, Seattle District director of the FDA, would say only that “I know of what you’re saying.”

He referred us to Alan Bennett, the district’s public affairs specialist, who said he had no knowledge of the matter, but would check into it.

A subsequent call to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland led to no additional information.

A search of the U.S. Court system’s online database showed no current court activity involving Cole or Maxam.

Cole was traveling and unavailable to comment when the Biz Buzz tried to reach him Wednesday (4/20/11) afternoon.


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5 comments on “Federal agents search, seize products at offices, home of nutritional product maker
  1. Great use of taxpayer dollars. Like this country doesn’t have enough problems. Wouldn’t it be better to try and deal with the national debt rather than have the FDA worry about weight loss supplements?

  2. Great products actually. How much more can we attacks what is good in America what about all the crime out there. A person can simply walk down any known drug area street any see number of crimes but in this case a man is treated as such. Why not work with this man and see what this product can do for the general public?

  3. I can personally testify that any and all claims that have been presented to me over the past 6 years that have been offered/ presented to me and are 100% accurate. I have been a completely satisfied customer/client since 2005 and I swear by there products and even recommend them to all that I think might benefit from them. I will continue to do so as long as they are allowed to produce said products. I believe it is a crime against Humanity to deny the public access to such an advanced and effective product. I do and will continue to support Maxam for as long as I am able. For any and all who have not tried or at least investigated these products especially the PCA I strongly encourage you to do so.

  4. Obviously his products were working and actually helping people. When the giant pharmaceutical companies feel threatened, this IS what they do best.

    In America, guilt or innocence no longer needs to be proven when it is bought and paid for. It no longer matters who is right or wrong. The only thing that matters is who has the most money and political power.

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