Personal Trainer Arrested For Conspiracy To Distribute Steroids
NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, N.J., man who works as a personal trainer was arrested this morning for conspiring to distribute more than 89,000 units of anabolic steroids in both pill and liquid form, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.
Richard Gray, 60, of Port Reading, N.J., was arrested this morning by special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. He is charged by Complaint with conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.
According to the Complaint:
On April 23, 2013, agents of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted a routine border inspection of a package that was shipped from China to a package consignment store in Edison, N.J. The package’s mail declaration stated that it contained hardware products and was addressed to a business, Custom Parts, in care of the consignment store. When CBP inspected the package, agents found approximately 110 ampules that were individually labeled as different types of anabolic steroids, including “Mastabol, Dromastanolone Enanthate,” “Testosterone,” “Boldenone Undecylenate,” “Nandrolone Decanoate,” and “Testosterone Enanthate.”
Store employees identified Gray as the person who was supposed to pick up the package and told investigators the store was holding another package for Gray, which was nearly identical to the first package and had been sent by the same shipper. Gray was arrested when he arrived at the store to pick up the second package.
Gray then consented to have his home searched. Investigators found in the storage room in Gray’s basement a substantial amount of anabolic steroids, which were in both liquid and pill form. Some of the steroids were meticulously labeled and organized in boxes and individual trays, which were then placed on metal shelves. Others were stored in large, gallon-sized plastic bags.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark; special agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Robert E. Perez, director of New York Field Operations; and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney M. Oliva of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Carol Gillen Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark