florida-steroidsThe Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported that Christopher Edward Abate, 44, of 2511 Mauritania Road, was charged with five felony counts of possession of controlled substance for methadone, oxandrolone, fluoxymesterone, and oxymetholone.

Abate was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute of oxandrolone (anavar), 42 counts of possession of prescription forms, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of paraphernalia. Abate was booked into the Charlotte County Jail on the drug and counterfeit-making equipment charges on a $52,100 bond.

The Sheriff’s office reported that Abate has been under surveillance for nearly five months before his arrest. His arrest also resulted to the seizure of more 3,000 pills, steroid drugs, counterfeit identification and nearly $500,000 in cash.

According to the police report, some of the vials and bottles found at the house had handwritten labels on them. There were also equipment found at the scene apparently used to fill up and seal steroid vials. Bags of raw steroid powder were also discovered during the search and seizure. Authorities also found several blank cards used for making counterfeit driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Abate also has six different licenses that contained his picture and three with different names. Also recovered from the house were blank doctor’s prescription pads for four different doctors in Florida and Connecticut. Further, among the documents seized was Abate’s release order from Federal Probation from prior prescription fraud.