In Orlando, U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell recently sentenced the last member of a 17 person steroid trafficking group. Robert Gonzalez, an Orlando native, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in an Internet-based anabolic steroid trafficking ring.
The group operated out of Central Florida and used the United States Postal Service to ship packages throughout the US and internationally. Various members of the group played different roles, the indictment stated.
Less than a month ago, we saw another Florida man arrested for the distribution of steroids.
Gonzalez was found guilty by a federal jury in August for conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids, and for violating his supervised release on a previous federal conviction.
According to court documents, the “steroid drug trafficking conspiracy” operated from 2012 to 2014. Some of the members of the group were organizers; some were in charge of running the online sector; some were responsible for shipping; and some were responsible for handling communications with the manufacturers. Some members of the group were, according to the documents, involved in the manufacture of steroids themselves.
“The orders were made through websites maintained in foreign countries, and the steroids