A judge on Wednesday sentenced a Turlock attorney and professional body builder to nine months in federal prison for importing raw anabolic steroids from China.
Erik Harald Moje, 40, on Feb. 6 pleaded guilty to unlawfully importing anabolic steroids. U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd also sentenced Moje to serve two years of supervised release once he's completed his prison time, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento reported.
Anabolic steroids cannot be possessed in this country without a prescription, and it's illegal to import them.
From Dec. 1, 2013, through Sept. 1, 2015, Moje unlawfully purchased and obtained anabolic steroids from a supplier in China. Federal prosecutors said encrypted emails documented shipments of the steroids and indicate that the purchase money would be deposited into the Moje's law office's bank account.
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The drug shipments were routed through a New York mail-forwarding service and other mailing addresses throughout the country, according to prosecutors.. In May 2015, federal agents intercepted a parcel containing one kilogram of steroids, which equates to 40,000 dosage units.
In September 2015, the agents served a search warrant at Moje’s Turlock home. Behind a false garage wall, the agents found 538 10‑milliliter vials containing liquid anabolic steroids, which equates to 10,760 dosage units, and 17,700 steroid capsules, according to prosecutors.
As part of Moje's sentencing, the judge ordered the forfeiture of Moje’s home, $29,925 in cash found at the home, a 2011 BMW 750Li sedan and 11 guns.