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Onscreen drug dealer faces arrest for drug dealing in real life

New York, February 20: Scott Siegel, an actor who played a steroids dealer in the critically acclaimed Mickey Rourke starrer movie 'The Wrestler', has been arrested for allegedly selling steroids, according to several media reports doing rounds all over the Internet.

According to the complaint filed by Detective Glen Spinner of the New Rochelle, New York Police Department (NYPD), during the search, officers seized about 1,500 bottles of anabolic steroids, and at least 30,000 dollars in cash from a townhouse owned by Siegel's parents, while additional $70,000 cash was found at actor’s home.

Siegel was taken into custody by federal drug task force agents after a high-speed police chase Wednesday night in the suburbs of the New York City.

The 34-year-old actor was already under the surveillance of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) when officers spotted him picking up a package in New Rochelle.

As the undercover officers in four cars moved in, the onscreen steroids dealer allegedly rammed three of their cars, and hit an officer who was on foot. Feds too rammed the actor's SUV several times in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent him from fleeing, but Siegel ditched his car in Tuckahoe and then attempted to flee on foot.

DEA agents eventually caught up with the muscular actor, who struggled with the officers before they were able to take him into custody. Authorities arrested the actor and charged him with attempting to distribute steroids and assaulting a federal agent.

This is not Siegel's first brush with the law. In 1999, he was arrested for distributing steroids, ecstasy and an animal tranquilizer that can be used for hallucinations. At that time, he was sentenced to three years in prison, and was released in 2003.

In the Academy Award-nominated movie, Siegel plays a gregarious dealer who sells the main character Randy "The Ram", played by Mickey Rourke, steroids and painkillers in a wrestling venue locker room.