ONLINE ANABOLIC STEROID DISTRIBUTOR CHARGED
North Carolina Man is Third to be Charged with Illegal Distribution of Steroids
Jeffrey H. Sloman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office, announced today that Eric Davis, 36, of China Grove, North Carolina, has been charged with conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids. Davis was arrested this morning in the Middle District of North Carolina. On March 4, 2010, a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale charged Davis with conspiring with the intent to distribute 12.54 kilograms of anabolic steroid powder and 10,930 milliliters of anabolic steroid liquid. Davis is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton in Miami on March 29, 2010.
According to court documents, from at least October 2007 through at least September 2009, Davis, using the alias “Triple H,” conspired with Michael Reich, using the alias “Gasman,” and Timothy Tate, using the alias “Bossman,” to operate an online business named Pro Labs. The defendants would have steroid powder sent to locations throughout the United States, including North Carolina, from China. The steroid powder was then manufactured into bulk steroid liquid and then provided to end-users in 10ml and 50ml vials. Through Pro Labs, the defendants caused to be distributed thousands of vials of anabolic steroids throughout the United States.
In separate, but related cases, Reich and Tate have each pled guilty to conspiring with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids. Reich was sentenced on July 29, 2009 to serve one year and a day in jail. Tate is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman commended the investigative efforts of the FDA agents involved in this case. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Neiman.
An Indictment is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.