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Orange City Man Sentenced for Manufacturing Anabolic Steroids

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Made steroids with raw materials imported from China

An Iowa State University student was sentenced on Monday, March 5, 2018, to 2 years’ probation with a condition that he spend two consecutive weeks in jail.

James Nhan, 23, from Orange City, Iowa, received the sentencing after a November 20, 2017 guilty plea to one count of manufacturing anabolic steroids.

In a plea agreement, Nhan admitted that, from late 2014 until December 15, 2015, he manufactured anabolic steroids and intended to distribute some of the steroids to various customers.  In December 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Nhan’s residence and seized numerous vials containing anabolic steroids, as well as laboratory equipment, packing material, labels, and sheets of papers listing the names and addresses of individuals who had purchased or intended to purchase anabolic steroids.  Nhan admitted to importing the raw materials from China.     

Nhan was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Nhan was sentenced to 2 years’ probation with a condition that he spend two consecutive weeks in jail.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed. 

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Alexander and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, Nebraska State Patrol, and Food and Drug Administration – Office of Inspector General. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-CR-4050-LTS.

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Updated March 9, 2018

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