By Admin – Steroidal.com
A man from New Jersey and linked to a large steroid ring has pleaded guilty to charges filed against him.
Ryan Root, 37, has pleaded guilty on Wednesday November 30, 2016, after being accused of being the man in charge of a large scale USA and international steroid ring.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Root received raw hormone powder shipments from China and then manufactured steroid oral and injectable products. He then mailed them to his nine co-conspirators around the United States for distribution to bodybuilders and steroid users.
Between January 2011 and September 2015 Root and his illegal network manufactured and supplied anabolic steroids across the nation.
Judge Thomas McAvoy has accepted Roots guilty plea from charges including; conspiracy to distribute with intent to distribute a controlled substance (anabolic steroids) and international money laundering.
In a wide reaching operation by various law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), state police and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Root and his accomplices were raided and subsequently charged.
Their underground lab (UGL) illegal manufacturing and supply chain imported raw hormone powder from China, and then manufactured the powders into oral steroid tablets and injectable vial anabolic liquids.
Like many UGL operations in the United States, unsterile equipment is used and bodybuilders often put their health at risk by using dangerous quickly made injectable preparations. Popular steroids such as, Trenbolone, Deca Durabolin, Testosterone and oral steroids Dianabol, Winstrol and Anavar are often made by pop up shop UGLs and pump out under dosed products.
Well-known DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, who was responsible for much of the busts during ‘Operation Cyber Juice’stated: “Using anabolic steroids or any synthetically derived controlled substance without regulation is like playing Russian roulette. Root used his drug trafficking to distribute unregulated anabolic steroids, putting other people’s lives at risk.”
Those arrested with Root back in Septemebr 2015 were: Paul Boylan, 32, and Derek Strassle, 33, Richard Progovitz, 38, Jeremiah O’Brien, 35, Michael Gisondi, 50, Caleb Doane, 31, Kent Fletcher, 48, and Jason Garcia, 22, Kyle Clark, 31, of Texas.
Root, the ringleader, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.