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Smith County Man Sentenced for Importing Anabolic Steroids

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

            TYLER, Texas – A 45-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.


Stacey Godsey pleaded guilty on July 5, 2017 to conspiracy to import anabolic steroids and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. 


According to information presented in court, from 2014 to 2016, Godsey and Joseph Shay Burton, 39, also of Tyler, purchased anabolic steroids through the internet from suppliers located in China.  The steroids were shipped to the United States where Godsey and Burton converted them from powder to liquid dosage units in the kitchen and garage of Godsey's residence.  Once converted into liquid dosage units, the steroids were sold and distributed to steroid users in Tyler, Texas and elsewhere.  In the spring of 2016, law enforcement officers searched residences belonging to Godsey and Burton.  More than 60,000 dosage units of anabolic steroids were found at Godsey's residence.  More than 6,000 dosage units were found at Burton's residence.


            Burton also pleaded guilty in July 2017 and is awaiting sentencing.


This casewas investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tyler Police Department, and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.


Updated November 2, 2017

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