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January 15, 2015
Carroll College football player gets suspended sentence for steroid possession
Jordan Christopher Jernigan
Jordan Christopher Jernigan
HELENA — A Carroll College football player was sentenced on Wednesday to six months suspended after pleading no contest to misdemeanor possession of steroid pills. District Judge Mike Menahan sentenced Jordan Christopher Jernigan of Great Falls after amending his lone charge from two felony counts of criminal possession with intent to distribute, according to documents filed in Helena district court. During the week of Jan. 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security told the Missouri River Drug Task Force it intercepted 600 anabolic steroid pills bound for Helena, according to court documents. The pills were sent from the Republic of Moldova for delivery to Carroll College and Jernigan. All were seized in New Jersey upon entering the country, before being transferred to the Helena DHS Office, according to court documents. There were 30 cardboard cartons containing 20 pill blister packs, with a total of 600 white, square pills. The cardboard cartons identified the pills as 10 mg Strombafort, a brand name for Stanozolol or Winstrol, a schedule III anabolic steroid. Authorities met with an administrator at Carroll College to arrange to make a controlled delivery of the package to Jernigan on Jan. 10, 2014, according to court documents. A U.S. Postal Service inspector assisted with the controlled delivery and MRDTF provided surveillance. A detective worked in the college mailroom with the mailroom supervisor and delivered the package to Jernigan. Authorities detained Jeringan, who said he had suffered a collar bone injury in August 2013, and after surgery and physical therapy he was having difficulty regaining lost weight, according to court documents. His high school friend, who once played for the Montana State University football team, said he could get a supplement that would help. At 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Jernigan is a freshman who red-shirted during the 2013 football season, according to the college website. He had been the team captain at Great Falls High School and played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Down Under Bowl. Jerek Wolcott, the sports information director at Carroll College, said he wouldn’t comment on student disciplinary issues. He also said Head Coach Mike Van Diest wouldn’t be available for comment Thursday afternoon. The college didn’t make Van Diest available, but its website does quote the coach on his player’s performance: “Jordan catches the ball very well. He needs to learn how to run more disciplined routes. We hope during the summer, he will add some weight to better handle the physicality of college football.” Jernigan said he exchanged money with his friend from MSU. Afterward a package containing hundreds of small pink pills arrived at his mailing address before Christmas break in 2013, according to court documents. He said his friend took 90 percent of the pills, leaving him with 182 pills. He provided the detective with 182 pills, all in 20 count blister packs except for two single pills. Authorities identified the pills as methandienone, a schedule III anabolic steroid. Authorities obtained search warrants for both cellphones of Jernigan and his friend, whose text messages revealed they knew steroids were controlled substances, according to court documents. Authorities met with the friend and his attorney Feb. 26, 2014 in Bozeman. The friend said he had suffered two shoulder injuries in the past, which caused significant weight loss while rehabbing. He had ordered steroids in June 2013 to help gain weight. The friend said he had placed the order for Jernigan and himself, along with a University of Montana student, who didn’t receive any, according to court documents. He said the steroids came in two separate shipments before Christmas break 2013, the D-bol (methandienone) before Christmas break 2013 and the Winstrol (stanozolol) in January 2014. The D-bol was a “bulker” and the Winstrol was a “cutter.” Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/carroll-college-football-player-gets-suspended-sentence-for-steroid-possession/article_a162f4d9-79c7-5304-a893-62c4ffceec90.html#ixzz3OvNCy3bY