operation-raw-dealLast year’s Operation Raw Deal continues to claim quarry. This time, it’s a couple.

The conviction is the result of Operation Raw Deal, an international investigation that targets the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of anabolic steroids and its raw materials. The raw materials were mainly sourced from China. Raw Deal’s related investigation in the Western District of Missouri is dubbed Operation Juice Box.

From Columbia Tribune:

April Dawn Wilson, 33, entered her plea in front of Magistrate Judge William Knox a day after her ex-husband pleaded guilty to his role in an international anabolic steroids bust from last year. She was indicted by a federal grand jury in September.

Bryan G. Wilson, 39, of Kansas City pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces a sentence of as much as 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of as much as $1 million.

Under federal statutes, April Wilson is subject to a sentence of as much as 15 years in federal prison without parole and a $500,000 fine.

The former couple admitted they participated in a conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids from 2003 until Sept. 15 and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney John Wood’s office.

According to reports, it was in February 2007 when Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents in California identified Wilson as an underground lab operator in the distribution trade of anabolic steroids. Wilson was subsequently entrapped in September after picking up a package containing raw steroid powder. The package was sent from China to a Columbia UPS store.

Wilson conducted his illegal trade by ordering raw chemicals and steroid powders online, manufactured them right at makeshift lab in his home and sent them via mail across the country.

Their distribution business was reportedly good. The couple had several accounts, and to disguise their money laundering activity they commingled their legitimate income with the money from drug proceeds.

From 2002 through 2007, April Wilson admitted, they deposited a total of $874,023 into those bank accounts, including $519,402 in cash deposits. She also confessed that she used a $15,000 cashier’s check of drug money as payment for a Noble M12 sports car in November 2005.

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