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Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Donald McCloud Long (51, Jacksonville) to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to illegally distribute anabolic steroids. Judge Davis also sentenced Long’s steroid supply source, Gregory Allen Baker (30, Jacksonville), to 3 years in federal prison for the same offense and for money laundering. In addition, Long’s wife, Sarah Long (35, Jacksonville), was sentenced to a term of 42 months’ probation, which includes a 1-year term of home confinement.
The court also ordered Don and Sarah Long to forfeit $250,000, which are traceable as proceeds of the offense. Baker was ordered to forfeit a 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a 2008 Cadillac Escalade Luxury, a 2011 Yamaha Drive Electric Golf Cart, a 2013 Kia Soul Sport, a 2007 Yamaha Motorcycle, jewelry, and proceeds in the amount of $124,418. Baker also consented to the forfeiture $37,800 in additional proceeds.
Don and Sarah Long both pleaded guilty on January 22, 2018. Baker pleaded guilty on February 14, 2017. Eight others have been convicted as part of the conspiracy.
According to court documents, from January 2013 through September 27, 2016, Don and Sarah Long supplied many of their clients with anabolic steroids and human grown hormone (HGH) as part of their “Team Long” training regimen. The Longs provided instruction, dosage, and direction to Team Long athletes on how to consume steroids and HGH to prepare for bodybuilding competitions and other athletic endeavors.
Baker was the Longs’ primary source of supply for steroids and HGH and imported raw anabolic steroids and HGH from China. Baker manufactured the steroids into consumable form, then branded the product “AxioLabs” and distributed it for the Longs and others. After the federal investigation became known, Baker rebranded his anabolic steroid and HGH as “Razors Edge.”
These cases were part of “Operation Total Package,” led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It was a collaboration among the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, the Green Cove Springs Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly S. Karase.