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December 1, 2014
25 years in prison? Dallas man pleads guilty in mailed steroids case
A Dallas man who was receiving illegal steroids in the mail and dressing as a federal law enforcement agent pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Nicholas Todd Freed, 40, also admitted to possessing obscene images of children being sexually abused. Freed was initially investigated for receiving steroids by mail.He was dressed like a federal law enforcement officer and had a fake U.S. marshal identification badge in his name while trying to pick up a package of steroids at a postal center, records show. When agents searched his home they discovered evidence of a sophisticated government identification counterfeiting operation. Freed pleaded guilty to one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of possession of a document-making implement with intent that it be used in the production of false documents, and one count of possession of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children. He faces up to 35 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 20. When Freed was arrested, he had a gun in his Ford sport utility vehicle, which was outfitted with a police siren and flashing lights. In Freed’s home, police found computers, laminating materials, blank plastic cards the size of a driver’s license, pages of magnetic strips, ink similar to that of the Texas seal, a press to laminate the cards, and holograms of official federal and government seals, court records show. There were also head-shot photos, pages of names and identities to make the cards, and other items used to make fake government IDs, records show. Freed also had various fake IDs, including military credentials and Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement badges, records show. http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/dallas-man-who-made-fake-government-ids-and-had-illegal-steroids-and-child-porn-admits-guilt.html/