Ukrainian Nationals Charged With Multiple Drug Law Violations
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Two Ukrainian nationals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The seven‑count indictment, returned on April 6, 2010, named Oleksandr Skochyk, 34, and Yeveniy Suray, 28, both of Kiev, Ukraine. Skochyk and Suray made their initial appearances today in federal court after having been extradited to the United States from Cyprus.
The indictment charges that in or around August 2008, and continuing thereafter to on or about March 17, 2010, Skochyk and Suray conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of anabolic steroids, Schedule III controlled substances. The indictment also charges that on May 29, 2009, July 15, 2009, Oct. 1, 2009 and Oct. 21, 2009, Skochyk and Suray distributed anabolic steroids. The indictment further charges that Skochyk and Suray conspired to launder illegal drug proceeds and to unlawfully import anabolic steroids into the United States.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 80 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations; United States Drug Enforcement Administration; United States Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; Federal Bureau of Investigation; United States Postal Inspection Service; and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.