A 24-year-old Port St. Lucie man is facing charges regarding the possession and sale of anabolic steroids. Investigators believe the darknet to be the original source.
The 24-year-old Sean Patrick Nobel made a social media post earlier this year that advertised his inventory. Specific dates were not mentioned as to when the posts were made nor to what social networks they were made on.
TCPalm wrote that the investigation started after Nobel made a post on social media. A confidential informant worked with a St. Lucie County detective to set up a transaction between Nobel and the detective. The detective agreed to make a $230 purchase from Nobel on September 27, 2016.
In the afternoon of October 1, St. Lucie County sheriff deputies arrested Nobel after the signing of a warrant on October 31. In the Summary of Offenses and Probable Cause Affidavit, the arresting officer wrote that Nobel was detained in the driveway prior to a search of the man’s residence. The primary area of interest was the walk-in closet attached to the bedroom.
“Probably one of the larger steroid cases that I’ve ever seen in St. Lucie County with the amount of steroids he had in his home. His closet was basically a pharmacy,” Sheriff Lt. Brian Hester said.
The closet contained 50 vials of Masteron Enanthate, Tadalafil, Aromasin, Deca, Nandrolone, Test Enanthate and Dianabol. Packages of pills were also discovered. Nobel sold both anabolic steroids and aromatase inhibitors, the latter of which is used to suppress increased estrogen level that often follow testosterone suppression or shutdown.
“Aside from the simple fact that selling controlled substances such as these steroids without a license is a felony, the suspect was advising buyers on how to mix them and when and how to take them,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said in a statement.
Lt. Hester, in his statement to the press, said that investigators believe Nobel ordered the steroids (and AIs) from the darknet. “We saw shipping containers that were coming from California, from all over the place,” Hester said. “Whether that’s where they originated, we don’t know.” Investigators still are unsure of the actual product vendor.
Many of the visible vials are products from Freedom Labs or Dark Matter Labs. Both companies sell steroids via clearnet websites. Masteron Enanthate (i.e., Drostanolone Enanthate) is technically legal. Otherwise, everything else in his possession, including the Tadalafil (Cialis), was illegal for Nobel to possess or sell.
According to the Facebook post from the Sheriff’s Department:
Nobel was charged with possession of anabolic steroids, possession of controlled substance without a prescription, sale, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver anabolic steroids, dispensing pharmaceuticals without a license and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.
He was held on a $35,000 bond but has since been released, sources said.