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"Moses Lake Power Lifter Sentenced To 30 Months For Importing Anabolic Steroids Into The United States From India"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2013

Spokane - Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Ryan Shawn Kennelly, age 39, of Moses Lake, Washington, was sentenced for the crime of importing anabolic steroids into the United States from India. On September 5, 2013, Senior United States District Judge Fred Van Sickle sentenced Kennelly to a 30 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3 year term of court supervision following release from Federal prison.

On March 8, 2013, Kennelly pleaded guilty to the charge of importing anabolic steroids into the United States. He has been in Federal custody since he was arrested in February, 2013.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, in December 2010, an overseas package for Kennelly arrived at the U.S. Post Office in Kennewick, Washington. Kennelly contacted the post office to find out if his international package arrived. After obtaining a Federal warrant to search the package, U.S. Postal Inspectors seized 1,503 anabolic steroid (methandrostenolone) tablets. The tablets had been mailed to Kennelly from Mumbai, India. The local Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) had previously seized over 1 kilogram of powder anabolic steroids during a search of Kennelly's Moses Lake, Washington residence in October 2010.

Michael C. Ormsby said: "This case evidenced once again the strong working partnership established between Federal and local law enforcement officers in the Eastern District of Washington. The United States Attorney's Office, together with Federal and local law enforcement officers, is committed to investigate and prosecute aggressively crimes involving the importation of controlled substances into the United States. This case is an outstanding example of that commitment"

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspectors and Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team. The case was prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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