Steroid Bust Involving @Musclehead320
Six people have been arrested for allegedly using a Beverly tanning salon to traffic underground steroids that they were marketing as pharmaceutical grade, according to federal prosecutors. The office of Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb said the group claimed the drugs had been made by the company Onyx Pharmaceuticals. In fact, authorities said, the suspects were the manufacturers.
“The defendants allegedly made the steroids themselves, using raw steroids imported from overseas, including from China,” the statement said.
Three of the defendants — 32 year old Tyler Bauman, a/k/a Tyler Baumann, who is known on Instagram as @musclehead320; Kathryn Green a/k/a Katie Green, a/k/a Katy Green, Philip Goodwin; Robert Medeiros; Brian Petzke and Melissa Sclafani, were charged with one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit drugs and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Tyler Bauman (along with Philip Goodwin and Melissa Sclafani) opened a tanning salon in Beverly called Wicked Tan which they used to launder the money from the sale of the steroids as part of their drug trafficking. Prosecutors did not say when the defendants were arrested, or when the scheme began. One suspect, Bauman, allegedly used a social media profile with the name “musclehead320, to promote the steroids. The defendants allegedly sold the drugs over the internet and shipped them across the country, breaking federal laws.
How Much Time (if any) Will They Do?
The charge of conspiracy to traffic counterfeit drugs provides a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain/loss, whichever is greater. The charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances provides a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $500,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. But keep in mind, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law!
SOURCES: Boston Globe, Justice.gov