Supplement Retailers Plead Guilty in Cases Involving Distribution of Designer Steroids as Dietary Supplements
(STL.News) Two men and a California business each pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to distribute consumer products that contained designer anabolic steroids.
Justin Smith, 35, of Batesville, Arkansas, pleaded guilty on May 18, 2021, to one count of conspiring to sell controlled substances. According to court documents, Smith admitted that he sold designer steroids that he marketed as “dietary supplements.” Smith further admitted knowing that the unlawful distribution of designer steroids was subject to criminal penalties under the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 (DASCA), which amended the Controlled Substances Act to include designer steroids. Smith owned Legendary Supplements, an online store whose most profitable products contained anabolic steroids. Smith admitted to distributing more than 60,000 capsules of illegal steroids to consumers in 2015 and 2016.
In a separate but related case, Leonard Shemtob, 39, of Los Angeles, California, pleaded guilty on May 19, 2021, to one count of conspiring to sell controlled substances. According to court documents, Shemtob owned and controlled Strong Supplements LLC, an online company that sold bodybuilding supplements containing designer steroids. Shemtob admitted that he also knew that the distribution of such products was illegal under the Controlled Substances Act and DASCA.