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September 24, 2015
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Number: 212-337-2906

10 Defendants Indicted on Steroid Distribution and Money Laundering Conspiracy Charges
Nationwide distribution organization was based in Binghamton

SEP 24 (BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) - Ten men were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids and engage in international money laundering, announced Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico, and Acting Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division.

The felony charges, which allege that the defendants were part of a steroids distribution organization based in Broome County, New York, are contained in a September 11, 2015 indictment that was unsealed Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Binghamton.  The defendants were arrested Wednesday morning in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia and Delaware. 

“As alleged, these defendants were charged on drug trafficking and money laundering charges for their role in an international drug conspiracy,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt.  “Every day, 114 people die due to drug overdose, and law enforcement has committed our resources to identify, investigate and arrest those who distribute all illegal drugs.  Similar to the consequences of any illegal drug, the repeated use of steroids leads to addiction, shame, embarrassment, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and jail.” 

 “Anabolic steroids are controlled substances that carry significant health risks when used or distributed unlawfully,” stated U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. “As alleged in the indictment, these defendants were unlawfully distributing these dangerous substances and some of them engaged in international money laundering to carry on their steroids distribution ring. I commend the federal and state agencies that worked together to dismantle this organization.”

 “These arrests are the culmination of a wide-ranging investigation that uncovered a conspiracy to illegally distribute anabolic steroids,” stated New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico. “These steroids exposed users to potentially dangerous health risks. I want to thank our Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and our federal partners for their work on this important case.”

“The U.S. Postal Service is in the business of moving the mail and has no interest in being involved in the distribution of illegal drugs,” stated Acting Postal Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn. “Anabolic steroids are a controlled substance and like any other illegal drug, we want to keep them out of the U.S. Mail and away from the general public, who may not be aware of the full risks associated with their use.  The men and women of the Postal Inspection Service work relentlessly to remove illegal narcotics from the mail while bringing to justice criminals who use the Postal Service to facilitate their crimes.”

The name of each defendant is set forth in the chart below, along with each defendant’s age, place of residence, the charges against him, and the maximum potential terms of imprisonment each faces upon conviction. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

These charges are the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the New York State Police.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Solomon B. Shinerock and Daniel Hanlon.

Defendants Charged

NAME

AGE

RESIDENCE

CHARGES

MAXIMUM POTENTIAL TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT

Ryan Root

36

West New York, New Jersey

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids
(Count One)

International Money Laundering (Count Two)

20 years
(Count One)

 

20 years
(Count Two)

Richard Progovitz

37

Port Crane, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

Caleb Doane

30

Las Vegas, Nevada

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids
(Count One)

International Money Laundering (Count Two)

10 years
(Count One)

 

20 years
(Count Two)

Kent Fletcher

46

Alpharetta, Georgia

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids
(Count One)

International Money Laundering (Count Two)

10 years
(Count One)

 

20 years
(Count Two)

Derek Strassle

32

Endicott, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids
(Count One)

International Money Laundering (Count Two)

10 years
(Count One)

 

20 years
(Count Two)

Paul Boylan

31

Endicott, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids
(Count One)

International Money Laundering (Count Two)

10 years
(Count One)

 

20 years
(Count Two)

Kyle Clark

30

Tampa, Florida

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

 

10 years

 

Michael Gisondi

48

Belleville, New Jersey

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

Jeremiah O’Brien

33

Binghamton, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

Jason Garcia

a.k.a.
Ignacio Javier Garcia

21

Duluth, Georgia

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years


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