What do pro bodybuilders Tony Freeman (upper left), Quincy Taylor, Dennis Newman, and bodybuilding legend Troy Zuccolotto (photo below) all have in common? Well they’re unfortunately all involved in a steroid distribution scandal that’s sweeping the news lately. The 4 bodybuilding stars along with UFC fighter Shane Carwin, former WWE superstar Kurt Angle, former WWE superstar ”Hardcore” Bob Holly are tangled into a conspiracy that’s not going to go away anytime soon.
A federal judge has now handed down a 4-year prison term to a local pharmacist convicted of participating in a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell steroids. J. Michael Bennett, who was supervising pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services, was the first to be sentenced from a group of 5 men found guilty after a five-week trial earlier this year. J. Michael Bennett told the judge:
“I had no idea what I was doing was inappropriate.”
J. Michael Bennett’s co-defendants are the actual owners of the pharmacy and an anti-aging clinic owner and are scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
J. Michael Bennett played a key role in an enterprise involving rogue doctors and health clinics across the country who used the compounding pharmacy to supply healthy adults with steroids. Some of those substances were veterinary drugs approved only for use in livestock.
According to court records, Applied Pharmacy Services shipped 762,388 dosages to 17 doctors and clinics. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that this does not include many other doctors and clinics that they say participated in the conspiracy. Those performance-enhancing drugs ended up in the hands of users ranging from professional athletes to teenagers looking to build body mass. Prosecutors cited 22 professional athletes who obtained steroids from Applied Pharmacy Services during the time Bennett worked there. Court documents reference 6 other professional bodybuilders, 7 professional wrestlers and 2 professional baseball players by their initials only.