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Drugs Distributed at Health Clubs Throughout Western Washington

November 30, 2005

FRANKLIN CURTIS WITTER, 45, of Marysville, Washington pleaded guilty November 29, 2005, to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly on February 16, 2006.

WITTER was indicted June 1, 2005 along with EDWARD JOHN SUDEN, 45, of Edmonds, Washington. SUDEN pleaded guilty in July 2005, and was sentenced last month to three years of probation. As part of his plea agreement, WITTER and the government have agreed that his sentence should be between 24 and 36 months in prison. Should Judge Zilly sentence WITTER to a term outside that range, either side can withdraw from the agreement.

According to the indictment, the men conspired to distribute Anabolic Steroids such as Methandrostenolone, Testosterone, Boldenone, Nandrolone, Stanozolol, Oxymetholone, and Trenbolone, and prescription pain medications such as Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, and the tranquilizer Diazapam. According to investigators the drugs involved in this investigation were imported from pharmacies in Tijuana, Mexico, and were distributed primarily in Snohomish County, but also as far south as Portland and as far east as Moses Lake. Some of those distributing the drugs were employed as personal trainers in Snohomish and King County gyms and fitness centers. As part of the investigation, injectable anabolic steroids were sold to undercover officers in Snohomish County.

The international drug conspiracy was investigated for approximately one year. The FDA Office of Criminal Investigation, the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service all participated in the investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah Vogel and Lisca Borichewski prosecuted the case. For additional information contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.

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