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China Steroids shipment results in Wyoming charges

mugzy

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Michael David Watson appeared in Riverton’s Circuit Court on Friday afternoon following his arrest on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Watson’s bond was set at $15,000 cash after Judge Roberts concurred with prosecutor’s statements, alleging that he poses a danger to the community due to the sheer amount of steroids that he had in his possession.

Watson is formally being charged with two felony charges, one for possession of a felony amount of Schedule III Controlled Substance in Pill Form and another for possession of a felony amount of Schedule II Controlled Substance in Liquid Form, reports COUNTY 10. If found guilty of both charges, Watson faces up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

Customs Agents discovered steroids during shipping

According to charging documents filed with the Circuit Court in Riverton, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) International Mail Facility at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California intercepted a mail parcel declared as “beauty products” on December 23, 2017. A “more intrusive examination” was then performed and resulted in the discovery of bottles marked as Proviron, Dianabol, and 16 vials marked as Tren-Mix 200. All items are known to be Anabolic Steroids.

After a test of one of the pills detected the presence of Mesterolone, a generic term for the steroid Proviron, CBP proceeded to seize the contents of the package. Altogether, agents seized 400 tablets marked as 25 mg Proviron, 400 tablets marked as 20 mg Dianabol, and 16 10 ml vials marked as Tren-Mix 200 (Trenbolone, Schedule III Controlled Substance).

The package was addressed to David Watson, 1220 N. Smith Road, Riverton, Wyoming and was marked as sent from Zhirong, Korean Air Cargo Terminal, Rep. of Korea, China, 22381. CBP agents confirmed that Watson resided at the address and that he was currently on felony probation.

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office in Casper requested that the contents be sent to their office in order to attempt a controlled delivery. HSI agents in Casper received the package on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Controlled Delivery in Riverton

On January 4th, 2018, DCI, HSI, and DEA Agents, along with the USPS Inspector conducted a controlled delivery of the package to David Watson at his residence in Riverton. Watson accepted the package and signed the postal form provided to him by the undercover Postal Inspector. Watson was then served a search warrant at the residence and was interviewed by DCI agents.

Watson informed DCI agents that he knew law enforcement was at his residence because he “ordered steroids.” Watson stated that he provided William Cody Klaproth, of Douglas, Wyoming, with approximately $700 and Klaproth “ordered the steroids.” Watson explained that Klaproth requested that the package would be sent to Watson’s residence and that on arrival the two would split the steroids, with Watson getting approximately half, and Klaproth getting approximately half.

According to Watson, Klaproth informed him that due to the package not arriving as scheduled, Klaproth contacted the supplier and another package with the same contents was shipped to Watson’s address to replace the original package, which was thought to be lost.

Source: ktvq.com/story/37215666/steroids-shipment-results-in-wyoming-charges
 
FlyingDragon

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Great article, just proves they will go after an end user even though many are under the illusion they wont waste their time and resources on the recreational user....
 
monsoon

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Damn! And I was considering Wyoming as a decent place to retire. Clean air, crime free etc.
 
MAYO

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Do you think refusing to sign and denying ownership would have saved him?
 
tommyguns2

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Great article, just proves they will go after an end user even though many are under the illusion they wont waste their time and resources on the recreational user....
Agreed. While they may focus on the bigger fish, they don't always ignore the little. Not every intercepted Int'l pak of personal use amounts results in a seizure letter. I would be interested to know what other factors are taken into consideration in deciding whether to issue a letter vs. a controlled delivery. The fact that the receiver was on felony probation likely was a factor.
 
FlyingDragon

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Agreed. While they may focus on the bigger fish, they don't always ignore the little. Not every intercepted Int'l pak of personal use amounts results in a seizure letter. I would be interested to know what other factors are taken into consideration in deciding whether to issue a letter vs. a controlled delivery. The fact that the receiver was on felony probation likely was a factor.
Bigger fish is in China protected.....China will not cooperate, they rarely do......
 
rawdeal

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If we are slowly but surely questioning the "little fish" theory, I wonder if LE's enthusiasm is different for little fish who receive through Customs vs little fish who are discovered when their dom source is busted.
 
Lizard King

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Weird, has to be more to this story.
 
BD Cool

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Judge Roberts concurred with prosecutor’s statements, alleging that he poses a danger to the community due to the sheer amount of steroids that he had in his possession.
This might be the dumbest damn thing I've ever heard. Hopefully the guy gets a good lawyer.
 
CFM

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Not even a year's worth of gear for a lot of guys.

Crime must be slow in Riverton.

Sorry ass motherfuckers!
 
Superman

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This might be the dumbest damn thing I've ever heard. Hopefully the guy gets a good lawyer.
From what it sounds like he never actually had them in his possessions. What a bunch of assholes.
 
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