Clinton Shovar Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on June 7, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CLINTON SHOVAR, a 36-year-old resident of Laurel, appeared for sentencing. SHOVAR was sentenced to a term of:
- Probation: 1 year
- Special Assessment: $25.00
- Restitution: $1,000
- Community Service: 120 hours
SHOVAR was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to misdemeanor simple possession.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On May 11,2010, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents received a telephone call from HSI agents in Chicago pertaining to a package from China that was seized by the Customs and Border Protection Mail Unit at the O'Hare International Airport. The package was found to contain steroids and was to be shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS) to C. Shovar, at an address in Laurel. The Billings HSI agent requested the package be forwarded to them in Billings. Once the package arrived it was turned over to a detective with the Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office for the purpose of conducting a controlled delivery. Law enforcement went to the residence where the package was to be delivered and located a vehicle parked at the residence bearing a Montana license plate that belonged to SHOVAR and his wife at the address on the package.
Once law enforcement had identified SHOVAR as the individual the package was addressed to, they conducted a search via the Internet for SHOVAR utilizing Google. The detective located numerous videos of SHOVAR bench pressing over 500 pounds. Also during the course of the investigation, a Postal Inspector advised the detective that in February of the same year another package of approximately the same weight was delivered to another individual at the same address.
On May 13, 2010, law enforcement obtained a search warrant for SHOVAR's residence. With the assistance of Postal Inspectors, the package was delivered to the residence. A subject accepted and signed for the package. Upon acceptance of the package and the postal inspectors leaving the area, the detective knocked on the front door of the residence. The person who signed for the package answered the front door. The subject stated SHOVAR and his wife had been living at the residence for the past month. He also stated in the past he had received two other packages in the mail, but was not sure if they were addressed to SHOVAR or SHOVAR's wife. The subject contacted SHOVAR and advised him of the situation and that he needed to return home. SHOVAR and his wife arrived at the residence a short time later.
Law enforcement interviewed SHOVAR's wife. She stated she was aware her husband was using steroids. She denied any steroid use and stated she only uses natural supplements. SHOVAR's wife did not know how often her husband was receiving packages, but admitted one previous package had been sent in her name. She stated her husband's body was unable to produce testosterone on its own due to his prolonged steroid usage.
During a search of the residence a vast array of different kinds of steroids were located in their bedroom and bathroom. A large amount of empty steroid containers were also located. Over thirty items were confiscated and sent to the DEA for analysis. The following Schedule III controlled substances were found in the SHOVAR home:
Methandrostenolone 1100 tablets (139.6g)
Mesterolone 100 tablets (11.6g)
Oxandrolone 100 tablets (1 0.6g)
Trenbolone Acetate 64.5 mL (56.5g)
Stanozolol 17.8 mL (14.8g)
Boldenone Undecylenate 10.6 mL (9.5g)
Testosterone Propionate 8.7g
Testosterone Enanthate 21.4 mL (18.8g)
Testosterone Propionate! Testosterone Enanthate 17.5 mL (16.1g)
Testosterone Propionate! Testosterone Enanthate Testosterone Cypionate 28.7g.
The controlled substances listed above were purchased from Internet pharmacies, located outside of the United States, without valid prescriptions and in violation of the law.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SHOVAR will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SHOVAR does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between Homeland Security Investigations and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.