Several men have been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation recently announced in a release.
Andrew Fiedler was sentenced to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service, FDA said. According to his plea agreement, Fiedler admitted that, in early 2008, law enforcement learned information that he was involved in a conspiracy to obtain and distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone. According to the FDA, anabolic steroids are a class of steroid drugs that produce anabolic and androgenic effects. Athletes and other users take anabolic steroids to improve athletic performance and muscle strength. By mid-February 2008, law enforcement had set up controlled purchases of anabolic steroids from Fiedler, who acknowledged that he doled out more than 9,600 units of anabolic steroids through these transactions.
Another man, Aaron William Meier, was sentenced in September in a separate case to six months in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and six months in prison on one count of money laundering, FDA said.
Two other individuals, Matthew Markwood and Jeffrey Warner, were sentenced in two separate cases to two years of probation for one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and to three years of probation for one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, respectively,
All four cases were investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.