Federal Jury Convicts Pocatello Man on Anabolic Steroid Charges
POCATELLO – A federal jury in Pocatello convicted Travis M. Newbold, 47, on Friday, of conspiracy to import anabolic steroids, importation of anabolic steroids, and possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Newbold was charged by indictment on November 28, 2017.
According to the evidence presented at trial, on October 25, 2017, investigators from Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Pocatello Police Department conducted a controlled delivery of a package that was destined for Newbold’s address. The package contained over three pounds of powdered anabolic steroids.
Investigators searched Newbold’s home that day pursuant to a search warrant. They found over three pounds of additional anabolic steroid powders, liquid vials of anabolic steroids, recipes for making oral and injectable anabolic steroids, and other steroid dispensing paraphernalia. A search of Newbold’s phone revealed that he was ordering the anabolic steroids from China, and helping to trans-ship packages for a China-based anabolic steroid supplier.
Sentencing is set for January 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Pocatello before the Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill. Newbold faces up to ten years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and at least three years supervised release.
“I want to thank the agencies and dedicated law enforcement officers who helped bring this case to trial,” said U.S. Attorney Davis. “Helping to ban the flow of illegal imported drugs into Idaho is a high priority to our office. We are proud the partnership with local and federal law enforcement yielded a conviction in this important case.”
“The United States Postal Inspection Service is dedicated to enforcing the laws that defend the nation's mail system from illegal or dangerous use and ensure public trust in the mail by holding those persons accountable who attempt to utilize the United States Postal Service to traffic illicit controlled substances,” said Anthony Galetti, Postal Inspector in Charge for the Seattle Division of U.S. Postal Investigation Service.
“The international importation of these dangerous performance-enhancing drugs pose a serious public health and safety risk to our community,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle. “We are proud to be part of the group of highly-motivated, professional agents and law enforcement partners who have worked to remove these hazardous, unregulated substances from our streets.”
“The teamwork of the police officers and the federal partners has been outstanding,” said Pocatello Police Sergeant Nathan Diekemper. “We applaud the diligent efforts of the prosecutors and public servants who helped obtain this conviction. Pocatello is a safer place through this combined effort.”
This case was investigated through the combined efforts of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Pocatello Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Eastern Idaho Partnership. The Eastern Idaho Partnership is a collaborative effort among local communities, law enforcement, the State of Idaho, and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho. The Partners combine efforts to fund and support a Special Assistant United States Attorney, or “SAUSA.” The SAUSA, Bryan Wheat, works with local prosecutors and law enforcement to prosecute serious local crimes in federal court. The Partnership focuses its efforts on regional drug trafficking, gun and gang violence, internet based crimes against children, and other serious crimes with a federal nexus that affect the southeast Idaho region.
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