Men get prison time for steroid sales in St. Louis area
ST. LOUIS ? A Manchester man was sentenced to more than seven years in prison and his co-defendant was sentenced to more than 10 years on Tuesday for a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of steroids and other controlled substances from other states.
Both Steven C. Campbell, 41, of Manchester, and John Thomas Bailey, 39, pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Their plea agreements were sealed, but the original indictment accuses both men of buying steroids, human growth hormone and other controlled substances from other states and countries, including Mexico, China, and Russia.
The men used Western Union and MoneyGram to wire the money, and Campbell used a series of names in the transactions, the indictment says.
Campbell admitted that the conspiracy involved between one and 2.5 kilos of anabolic steroids and just over $400,000 was laundered, court documents say.
Campbell?s use of steroids began with his own belief that he was ?not big enough,? then expanded to sales to others, a memo filed on his behalf says.
In court, he apologized, asked for mercy and volunteered to be an example of a ?story of redemption.?
U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson sentenced him to seven years and eight months in prison. Two U.S. Marshals had to use two sets of handcuffs to get Campbell's hands cuffed behind him.
Bailey told Jackson that he was only helping out Campbell ? that he never received any money or even received free steroids. He later admitted that he had sold some to friends in the gym.
Jackson sentenced him to 10 years and five months in prison.
Both men received longer sentences due to previous criminal convictions. They were also ordered to forfeit $6,482 in cash, a 2008 Chrysler 300 and a 2008 BMW 535. Jackson ordered a judgment against Campbell for $400,455. Bailey will owe roughly $30,000.