By Admin – Steroidal.com
The former sole U.S. remailer of steroid source ‘Uncle Z’ and Euro Pharmacies, has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for dealing steroids.
David Starkey and his wife Holly Starkey, were the sole U.S. remailers of well-known steroid source ‘Uncle Z’ originating from Poland.
Forming a partnership with the European source, the Starkey’s saw there was big money to be made manufacturing and shipping Euro Pharmacies steroids to U.S customers. The Starkey’s were in a financial hole and needed cash, so turned to dealing illegal anabolic steroids. That has now turned out to be a costly mistake.
According to Rush County Prosecutor Philip Caviness, Starkey was charged with Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance as a Level II Felony. David Starkey pleaded guilty to these charges under Indiana State Law and a plea agreement was agreed and finalised in September 2015.
The plea agreement details Starkey will serve 12 years in prison, 3 years house arrest and 2 years probation. A total of 17 years were handed to Starkey, but he could be out far sooner for good behaviour. Either way, Starkey is going to be in jail for a long time and received a harsh sentence compared to others busted for steroids dealing.
The sever sentence can be attributed to Indiana State Law and their no-nonsense approach to steroid related felonies, and the fact both Starkey’s had been busted for dealing steroids previously. Originally arrested for steroid distribution, the Starkey’s didn’t close shop and continued to manufacturer and sell controlled drugs in the United State. The two times they were busted were only 5 months apart.
Officers and agents from the Rushville Police Department, Homeland Security, DEA and US Postal Service first arrested the couple in August 2014. The bust turned up a large amount of raw hormone powder and equipment consistent with an underground lab (UGL) operation. Syringes, filters, printers, vials, glass beakers, solvents and sterilisation liquids were found in the raid.
Their agreement with ‘Uncle Z’ saw them never interact with customers and steroid users. Their role was to ship steroids to customers within the Unites States, receiving $10 per pack containing injectables and $5 per pack containing steroid tablets. This amounted to around $2000 per week for the Starkey couple.
After their August 2014 arrest, you’d think the criminals would stop – but not the Starkey’s. Intelligence led police officers from the Rushville Police and Rush County Sheriff’s Office to setup a controlled delivery on David Starkey. He was then busted (again) with 500g of raw hormone steroid powder and 200 vials of finished injectable steroids containing Trenbolone and Testosterone derived androgens. The value of the haul was put at approximately $20,000 by investigators.
Holly Starkey has pleaded guilty to similar charges David was sentenced on. It is so far unclear if she will also receive a sever sentence like David, but it may be in his plea agreement that he admitted being the main operator of the illegal operation.
Holly Starkey is being held in custody at the Madison Correctional Facility.
Rushville Republican. (September 29, 2015). Starkey pleads guilty to dealing steroids. Retrieved from http://www.rushvillerepublican.com/news/local_news/starkey-pleads-guilty-to-dealing-steroids/article_4fc3d628-d417-506e-b427-8700d5e36cf5.html