Leader of Binghamton-Based Steroid Ring Pleads Guilty, Bought Drugs From China

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The leader of a Binghamton-based steroid distribution ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids and commit international money laundering.

A release from U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian’s Office says Ryan Root, 37, of West New York, New Jersey, and formerly of Binghamton, admitted that between January 2011 and September 2015, he purchased distribution-size quantities of anabolic steroids from China.

Officials say he arranged for the steroids to be shipped directly to him and to co-conspirators, and then for the steroids to be shipped and resold throughout the U.S.

They say he wired money to China, and directed other co-conspirators to do so.

Root and nine co-conspirators were arrested in September 2015.

He is the eighth defendant to plead guilty in the case.

Root could face up to 20 years in prison for his involvement.

Hartunian’s Office provided a list of defendants in the case:

Defendants Who Have Pled Guilty

Name

Age

Residence

Charges

Maximum Term of Imprisonment

Boylan, Paul

32

Endicott, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and International Money Laundering

20 years

Clark, Kyle

31

Dallas, Texas

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

 

10 years

 

 

Doane, Caleb

31

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and International Money Laundering

20 years

Garcia, Jason

22

Duluth, Georgia

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

O’Brien, Jeremiah

35

Binghamton, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

Progovitz, Richard

38

Owego, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

Root, Ryan

37

West New York, NJ

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and International Money Laundering

20 years

Strassle, Derek

33

Endicott, New York

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and International Money Laundering

20 years

 

Defendants Still Facing Charges

Name

Age

Residence

Charges

Maximum Potential Term of Imprisonment

Fletcher, Kent

48

Alpharetta, Georgia

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids and International Money Laundering

20 years

Gisondi, Michael

50

Belleville, New Jersey

Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids

10 years

 

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