Steroid distributor faces 10 yrs in prison

The last of three men from the Southtowns indicted last year for distributing anabolic steroids at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia pleaded guilty in connection with the case, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

Michael Trautmann, 49, of Cheektowaga, faces up to 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both, when he is sentenced Aug. 9 before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

In the fall of 2010, Trautmann obtained and distributed steroids while employed as a detention officer at the facility, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe, who is handling the case.

Trautmann and Richard Lazzaro, 40, both of Cheektowaga, and Richard Eldridge, 36, of West Seneca, were indicted in March 2011 as part of the distribution ring.

At the time, Eldridge was an immigration enforcement agent with the Department of Homeland Security, and Lazzaro, like Trautmann, was a detention officer working as a federal contract employee.

The Batavia facility is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and houses up to 360 inmates.

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