Smuggling case plea 

On Feb. 14 the last defendant in a national anabolic steroid smuggling ring based out of Missoula pleaded guilty to money laundering in federal court in Missoula. He faces 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, and five years supervised release, at a sentencing scheduled for May 23.

Court documents filed in federal court say Jeffrey Bredl, a 21-year-old from Wisconsin, aided two Missoula men, Jimmy Ray Jones and Dana Fiscus, in the operation of an online anabolic steroid retailer named, amongst several other pseudonyms, Pacific Rim Labs. In January both Jones and Fiscus pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to make and sell steroids, and money laundering. All of the business fronts the men used listed a mailbox belonging to Jones as where payments needed to be sent.

Jones and Fiscus both face possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The men will be sentenced May 8 and 9, respectively. All three men are currently released on special conditions.

To operate the ring, Jones, 60, imported $53,000 worth of anabolic steroids from China. All of the steroids were considered Schedule 3 controlled substances, meaning a prescription is needed for them. After receiving the drugs, Jones and Fiscus, 39, created steroid gel capsules and sold them on the Internet.

Bredl himself bought bulk steroids from one of Jones’ companies named Ebay Solutions, then resold the steroids throughout Wisconsin, including to several police officers who were investigating his dealings, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Van De Wetering wrote in an indictment dated Oct. 3, 2007. Court documents say Bredl made over $140,000 running his end of the operation. He told Wisconsin authorities that he then sent these profits to Jones. The trio made so much money from this drug ring, authorities may not be able to find all of the cash, the indictment notes.

The investigation, involving authorities in Wyoming, Wisconsin, and the Missoula High Intensity Drug Task Force, lasted for nearly three years, between June 2004 and January 2007.
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