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Pharmacist busted for 'selling' AAS to Wrestlers and Pro BB's

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Somebody just posted this over at another board.

Steroids case pharmacist gets 4 years in prison in Mobile case with ties to pro sports, wrestling | al.com


Steroids case pharmacist gets 4 years in prison in Mobile case with ties to pro sports, wrestling
Published: Friday, August 13, 2010, 5:23 PM
Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010, 6:02 PM

MOBILE, Ala. -- A federal judge today handed down a 4-year prison term to a local pharmacist convicted of participating in a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell anabolic steroids made in Mobile.

J. Michael Bennett, who was supervising pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services, was the first to be sentenced from a group of 5 men found guilty after a five-week trial earlier this year. His punishment was less than half of the 7 years and 4 months sought by prosecutors.

"I stand before you a different man than the one who worked for APS in 2005, even than the one who stood before the magistrate (judge) in 2007," a chastened Bennett told U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade. "I had no idea what I was doing was inappropriate."

Bennett's co-defendants, the owners of the pharmacy and an anti-aging clinic owner, are scheduled to be sentenced at a later date, and Granade suggested they face stiffer punishment.

"I don't think in the overall scheme of things, (Bennett's) culpability matches that of the pharmacy owners," the judge said.

Prosecutors referred to Bennett, 44, and the others in a sentencing memorandum as a "drug dealers in lab coats." They contended that Bennett played a key role in an enterprise involving rogue doctors and health clinics across the country who used the compounding pharmacy to supply healthy adults with dangerous steroids.

Some of those substances were veterinary drugs approved only for use in livestock.

"These are steroids for horses and cows, not for young people and humans," Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins said.

According to court records, Applied Pharmacy Services shipped 762,388 dosages to 17 doctors and clinics from April 4, 2004, until Aug. 30, 2006. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Mobile contends that does not include many other doctors and clinics that they say participated in the conspiracy.

Those performance-enhancing drugs ended up in the hands of users ranging from professional athletes to teenagers looking to build body mass. Prosecutors cited 22 professional athletes who obtained steroids from Applied Pharmacy Services during the time Bennett worked there.

In court today, Dobbins named seven whose orders included Bennett's signature or initials:


  • Shane Carwin, a former NCAA Division II wrestling champion who went on to become an Ultimate Fighting heavyweight champion.

  • Kurt Angle, a former Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler and professional wrestler.

  • Bob Howard, a pro wrestler from Mobile who performed under the name "Hardcore" Bob Holly.

  • Tony Freeman, a professional bodybuilder nicknamed "The X-Man."

  • Quincy Taylor, a professional bodybuilder.

  • Dennis Newman, a professional bodybuilder.

  • Troy Zuccolotto, a professional bodybuilder.

Court documents reference 6 other professional bodybuilders, 7 professional wrestlers and 2 professional baseball players by their initials only.

Dobbins pointed to intercepted phone conversations showing Bennett taking an active role in the operation, speaking with co-defendant Brett W. Branch, who brokered many of the steroids sales.

"As the supervising pharmacist, he was the one in charge," she said. "We expect and rely on the pharmacist to make sure what we are given is save, effective and legal."

Dobbins pointed to testimony from about a half-dozen people who described side effects ranging from an intense burning feeling on their flesh to shrinkage of their testicles to depression to quarter-sized acne on their backs.

Dobbins said users "suffered severe -- in some cases permanent -- side effects."
 

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"Dangerous Steroids". *LOL*. What about the other "dangerous" substances on the market (otc). *LOL*. Is steroids the most dangerous? *LOL*.



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Little late on this one Bro:rolleyes:
 

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You gotta love how they "must" drag athletes names through the dirt on this shit
 

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You gotta love how they "must" drag athletes names through the dirt on this shit

Publicity stunt, in a nutshell. You and I know without a doubt, "they" could give a rats ice about steroids and who does them.

Always an alterior motive behind it.



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Dennis Newman, a professional bodybuilder.
Troy Zuccolotto, a professional bodybuilder.


Both some pretty old names in the sport, how long did/does this investigation go back?:eek:
 

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Dennis Newman, a professional bodybuilder.
Troy Zuccolotto, a professional bodybuilder.


Both some pretty old names in the sport, how long did/does this investigation go back?:eek:
Once you start drugs you don't stop. Almost a rule. So it doesn't have to be old.
 

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I don't understand how they can legally put these guys (athletes) names out like this??

This was a licensed doctor (at the time) and licensed pharmacy(at the time).So the professional and legal issues fall on these guys not the patients.They did this in the signature pharmacy bust also as they named the patients.

I'm only a chiropractor but have been taught the legalities of patient privacy,hippa laws etc...

Unless the patients knew they were breaking the law?? but if the doc and pharmacy are licensed?? and they are the only place they were obtaining meds( if going to other docs also that is doc shopping and illegal)..I don't get it??
 

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I don't understand how they can legally put these guys (athletes) names out like this??

This was a licensed doctor (at the time) and licensed pharmacy(at the time).So the professional and legal issues fall on these guys not the patients.They did this in the signature pharmacy bust also as they named the patients.

I'm only a chiropractor but have been taught the legalities of patient privacy,hippa laws etc...

Unless the patients knew they were breaking the law?? but if the doc and pharmacy are licensed?? and they are the only place they were obtaining meds( if going to other docs also that is doc shopping and illegal)..I don't get it??

I agree with you, doctor! Here's my .02c. Those named WERE doing other Illegal activity. I guarantee those folks were watched liked hawks. Computer connection, family, friends, in other words, SURVELLANCE for awhile. Just my opinion.


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I don't understand how they can legally put these guys (athletes) names out like this??

This was a licensed doctor (at the time) and licensed pharmacy(at the time).So the professional and legal issues fall on these guys not the patients.They did this in the signature pharmacy bust also as they named the patients.

I'm only a chiropractor but have been taught the legalities of patient privacy,hippa laws etc...

Unless the patients knew they were breaking the law?? but if the doc and pharmacy are licensed?? and they are the only place they were obtaining meds( if going to other docs also that is doc shopping and illegal)..I don't get it??
Because the law only applies to citizens.
Not government officials and elites. :rolleyes:
 

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Because the law only applies to citizens.
Not government officials and elites. :rolleyes:
:eek: Ouch! I think you are right tho. Bush said himself that the constitution wasn't nothing but a G*&*&*&*% piece of paper. *LOL*



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I agree with you, doctor! Here's my .02c. Those named WERE doing other Illegal activity. I guarantee those folks were watched liked hawks. Computer connection, family, friends, in other words, SURVELLANCE for awhile. Just my opinion.


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True,so they(patients) really don't have a leg to stand on and fight back.They probably just want to move on and be done.

I am curious if they did any type of consultation(even by phone) or submitted medical history or bloodwork,etc..?

Because this can be done totally legal if you get medical history,bloodwork,phone or internet consultation.
Even if you prescribe high doses it raises eyebrows and pisses people off but is legal(at the monent).

Your right as there has got to be more to the story.If they were prescribing equipose as stated ? that was a big mistake by the physician and pharmacist both.They got greedy as it is in demand.

This is bullying by the feds though!! I would be contacting rick collins if I were anyone of those(patients) mentioned looking to see if legal action could be taken.The docs and pharmacists are screwed though.
 

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True,so they(patients) really don't have a leg to stand on and fight back.They probably just want to move on and be done.
Exacltly! Hence, the beginnings of becoming an informant.

I am curious if they did any type of consultation(even by phone) or submitted medical history or bloodwork,etc..?

Because this can be done totally legal if you get medical history,bloodwork,phone or internet consultation.
Even if you prescribe high doses it raises eyebrows and pisses people off but is legal(at the monent).
I bet they did. It's the OTHER crap that is being held over their heads.

Your right as there has got to be more to the story.If they were prescribing equipose as stated ? that was a big mistake by the physician and pharmacist both.They got greedy as it is in demand.
Uh huh! No doubt!

However, if those named did NOT do anything else that is incriminating, It would seem like it would make for a good defamation of character suit (slander).



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Sounds like they got greedy, man IMO anything domestic like this is just asking for it, so much easier for LE to get info when it's on their home turf. Add into the fact that this place was a legit business, god I am sure the paper trail stretched from here to the moon.
 

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Little late on this one Bro:rolleyes:
I was referring to the fact this was posted 6 threads after the last guy that posted it.
You may want to look at the times each thread was started, since I see reading isn't your strong point Spanky!

I posted it a whole hours beforehand.

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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You may want to look at the times each thread was started, since I see reading isn't your strong point Spanky!

I posted it a whole hours beforehand.

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:Twice in one day, I'm on a f'ing roll. Oh well, I'm beyond it already:D
 

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