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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 30, 2018

Asbury Park Doctor Admits Illegally Distributing Steroids, Possessing Marijuana

TRENTON, N.J. – A doctor with offices in Asbury Park and Brooklyn today admitted unlawfully distributing prescriptions for anabolic steroids and for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Kevin Custis, 53, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of distributing anabolic steroids and one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

According to documents filed in this case and statements in court:

In 2016 and 2017 Custis wrote and delivered numerous prescriptions for various types of anabolic steroids to two patients. He admitted that he knew these prescriptions were not for the treatment of any actual medical condition, but were solely for muscle enhancement, beauty, and muscle building and fitness competitions.

When agents and investigators from the Drug Enforcement Agency searched his home on June 14, 2017, they found more than four kilograms of marijuana and more than 150 grams of tetrahydrocannobinal oil. Custis admitted that he intended to distribute these substances and that he had no authority under any federal or state law or regulation to do so. Custis also admitted that he prepared marijuana products for patients in his home kitchen.

The count of distributing anabolic steroids carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The count of possessing marijuana carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited investigators for the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson; officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Michael Nestor; and the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs, under the direction of Acting Director Kevin Jespersen, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel David E. Malagold of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.

Defense counsel: Rubin Sinins, Esq., Springfield, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-182
Updated May 1, 2018