Saturday, August 14, 2010

Professional Athletes Linked to Alabama Pharmacist Convicted of Illegal Distribution of Steroids

There are reports from a number of sources (hat tip Bloody Elbow) that a number of professional athletes, including one "professional fighter" were allegedly recipients of illegal steroids from a pharmacist sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. 

According to the the United States' Sentencing Memorandum:
After a 5-week trial, J. Michael Bennett, a compounding and supervising pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services, Inc. (APS), was found guilty of conspiring to illegally dispense and distribute anabolic steroids outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose (count 1); illegal distribution of anabolic steroids (counts 28, 29); and illegal distribution of anabolic steroids to a person under the age of 21 (counts 88, 89). Doc. 4.
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During the time of Bennett’s membership and involvement in the conspiracy, April 2004 through August 2006, the conspirators conspired to illegally distribute, and distributed, anabolic steroids and related drugs to at least 22 athletes . . .
While the names of the athletes are not provided in full (the list of the names was separately provided in unredacted form under seal) the chart below from the Sentencing Memorandum provides, inter alia, the types of steroids used and the timeframe for what appears to be the abbreviation of the athletes' names:

According to the Minute Entry entered yesterday:
J. Michael Bennett, Imprisonment 48 months as to each of Counts 1, 28, 29, 88 & 89; all terms to be served concurrently with each other. SRT 3 years on Cts 1,28 & 29, and 4 years on Cts 88 & 89; all such term to run concurrently with each other. Special condition imposed of testing and treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse. SA $500.00.
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