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August 9, 2011
Man faces $500k fine for distributing steroids
A Buffalo-area detention officer pleas guilty to distributing anabolic steriods.  By doing so, he faces a possible fine of $500,000 and as much as 20 years in jail! It is a shame that many who visit our site have no concept of the serious potential penalties that await them if they get caught possessing or selling anabolic steroids without a LEGITIMATE prescription. Don

Guilty plea entered to steroid distribution

A Cheektowaga man faces a maxi-mum penalty of 20 years in prison and a$500,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday to distributing anabolic steroids, according to U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul. Richard Lazzaro, 39, along with two other men, was charged with obtaining and distributing steroids while he was employed as a detention officer at the Buffalo area Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, said U. S. Assistant Attorney Michael L. McCabe. Charged with Lazzaro were Michael Trautmann, also of Cheektowaga, and Richard Eldridge of West Seneca. Trautmann, 48, was, like Lazzaro, a detention officer working as a federal contract employee. Eldridge, 35, was an immigration enforcement officer. Monday's plea by Lazzaro was made before Chief U. S. District Judge William M. Skretny, and was the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents from the FBI, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Inspector General.