Pearland Couple Charged In Steroid And Money Laundering Conspiracy
OCT 19 -- (Houston, Texas) - Kenneth Hebert, 36, and his wife Leticia Zamora, 36, were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to commit money laundering, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today. In addition, both Hebert and Zamora were each charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids and 26 counts of money laundering.
Hebert and Zamora were originally arrested Sept. 20, 2007, after a federal search warrant was executed at the Hebert/Zamora residence and a clandestine steroid laboratory was discovered. Agents found four pill/tablet presses each standing five feet tall, eight kilograms of raw steroid powders, more than 100,000 steroid pills/tablets, 200 10-milligram vials of injectable anabolic steroids, one pill cleaner machine, several 50-kilogram drums of steroid binder material, hundreds of empty 10-milligram glass vials, a large quantity of labels and a large volume of glassware, vials and bottling supplies. Hebert and Zamora are each free on a $100,000 bond and will be arraigned in federal court before a U. S. Magistrate Judge.
Upon conviction, each of the steroid counts carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine, while the money laundering counts carry a penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Parole has been abolished in the federal prison system.
The criminal charges are the result of a joint investigation being conducted by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Bureau. This case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Mason.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.