Sept. 20, 2010
LEADER OF FT. BEND AREA STEROIDS/HYDROCODONE/ECSTASY RING SENTENCED
(HOUSTON, Texas) -- Charles Brock Falkenhagen, the leader of a ring involved in the trafficking of steroids, hydrocodone and ecstasy in the Fort Bend county area, was sentenced to prison today for conspiracy to possess and distribute anabolic steroids, hydrocodone, and ecstasy, and for laundering money while smuggling human growth hormone from China into the United States.
United States District Judge Lynn N. Hughes sentenced Falkenhagen, 31, Sugarland, Texas, to 30 months in federal prison on each of the four counts of conviction to be served concurrently, followed by a three-year term of supervised release and a fine of $10,000. Falkenhagen pleaded guilty Jan. 26, 2010 to all four felony counts of conviction. Falkenhagen was arrested May 19, 2009 prior to a joint roundup of numerous co-conspirators in Ft. Bend and Harris County, who were accused of being involved with Falkenhagen’s drug distribution network.
Falkenhagen has admitted that from 2002 through September 2007 he received and distributed tens of thousands of pills containing anabolic steroids, hydrocodone (pain pills), human growth hormone (HGH) and ecstasy. He also has admitted to having transferred over $137,000 in U.S. currency from the Houston area to China as payment for the HGH he sold. Falkenhagen had previously forfeited to the United States $10,000, proceeds from the sale of hydrocodone to an out-of-state buyer.
Also sentenced today was Richard Troy Daniell, 38, Houston, Texas, a personal trainer and one of Falkenhagen’s co-conspirators, who was arrested May 20, 2009. Daniell pleaded guilty Nov. 16, 2009 to conspiring to possess and distribute anabolic steroids bought from Falkenhagen. Daniell faced a maximum sentence of 5 years, up to a $250,000 fine and at least 2-3 years of supervised release after imprisonment. Today, Judge Hughes sentenced Daniell to time served to be followed by a two-year term of supervised release.
Falkenhagen has been permitted to remain on bond pending the issuance of an order to surrender to a Bureau of Prison facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve his sentence.
The conviction is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Office and their local narcotics task force, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations and the Food and Drug Administration. Assistant U. S. Attorney Martha Minnis is prosecuting the case.
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