Arizona Man Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Manufacture & Internet Distribution of Steroids

(LAWFUEL) – Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDWIN F. PORTER, 42, of Chandler, Arizona, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 22 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids. PORTER pleaded guilty to the offense on June 17, 2008.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, PORTER conspired with two other Arizona residents, Tyler Lunn and Matthew Peltz, to purchase more than one kilogram of raw steroid powder from China, manufacture anabolic steroids at PORTER’s home or Lunn’s apartment in Phoenix, and distribute them to customers around the country through a profile “anabolic-ss” and an Internet web site they created, In August 2007, PORTER also instructed another individual to delete emails related to the distribution of anabolic steroids.

This matter stems from Operation Phony Pharm, an investigation headed by the FBI’s Healthcare Fraud Unit in the District of Connecticut. Using several sophisticated investigative techniques, this initiative has targeted web sites and individuals who are selling Schedule II and III pharmaceuticals over the Internet without a doctor’s consultation or a legitimate legal written prescription. The investigation also sought to identify and close down underground laboratories in the U.S. that are making these drugs from raw materials obtained from outside the U.S.

Lunn and Peltz also have pleaded guilty to anabolic steroids distribution charges. On August 7, 2008, Lunn was sentenced to five months of imprisonment. Peltz awaits sentencing.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward Chang.

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