April 10, 2019
Dallas man admits role in importing steroids from Asia, selling them across U.S.
A Dallas man admitted this week to taking part in a scheme to import illegal steroids from Asia and sell them throughout the United States. Christopher Crotty, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of possession of steroids with intent to distribute. Authorities said Ryan Conor Savage, 36, of Fort Worth began importing steroids in 2015 and Crotty joined the partnership in early 2017. Savage pleaded guilty to the same charge in December. The anabolic steroids came from Asia and were repackaged after they were imported to the U.S. They were then mailed to customers. Crotty told investigators that he was involved in collecting payment for the steroids via wire transfer. He also admitted to buying steroids for his personal use and selling them to people he knew. The pair had about 40,000 doses of steroids when authorities searched Crotty’s apartment in February 2018, the Department of Justice said. A sentencing hearing for Savage is scheduled for April 22, and Crotty is set to be sentenced Aug. 8. Each faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. “Illicit steroids come with serious health risks, from infection to depression to many other negative side-effects,” U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox said in a statement. “The Northern District of Texas is committed to working with the DEA and our other partners to hold dealers accountable for facilitating doping.” https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2019/04/04/dallas-man-admits-role-importing-steroids-asia-selling-across-us