September 04, 2014
Contact: Wendell Campbell
Phone Number: (713) 693-3000
Federal And State Authorities Arrest 22 In Connection With Austin Area Steroid Distribution Operation
AUSTIN, Texas - In the Austin area today, September 4, 2014, federal and state authorities arrested 22 individuals, including ringleaders 54 year old Timothy John Bruner of Leander, Texas, and 23 year old Ryan Robert Rowland of Round Rock, Texas, in connection with a steroid distribution operation announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit and United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Six of those arrested were charged by federal criminal complaints filed today; the remaining 16 individuals face state charges. In addition to Bruner and Rowland, those charged by federal criminal complaint include: 42 year old Ronald Marion Butsch of Austin; 47 year old Dan Lee of Austin; 49 year old Timothy John Moore of Austin; and, 58 year old Don Glen Zachary of Austin.
Each is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The criminal complaints allege that since January 2014, the defendants conspired to distribute more than 1,000 dosage units of steroids in tablet (Anavar and Winstrol) and over 200 10cc vials of steroids in liquid (Testosterone, Deca Durabolin and Trenbolone).
“The success of Operation Blue Juice exemplifies the outstanding cooperation and coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. DEA has worked closely with our law enforcement partners in the state of Texas and around the country in order to enhance the impact on this drug trafficking organization while increasing the quality of life in the surrounding communities of Austin,” said Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Houston Field Division.
Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. During this eight month long operation, investigators conducted several controlled purchases of steroids from
Bruner and Rowland. To date, authorities have seized significant amounts of steroids, $300,000 in U.S. currency and other assets in connection with this investigation.
These charges and arrests resulted from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety, Cedar Park Police Department, Austin Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamson County Constable’s Office-Pct. 2. Assistant United States Attorney Mark Marshall is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The - defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. -