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Tuesday 30, Sep 2008

  Bodybuilder sentenced to prison for steroid-related charges

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justin-deprospo-steroidsTwenty-two-year old Jonathan DeProspo of Watertown, MA., has been sentenced due to his role in an international steroid distribution ring.

A US District Court in Boston handed down the decision Wednesday, sentencing DeProspo to a year and a day in prison. After serving his prison term, he will be put under supervised release for three more years.

In February, DeProspo pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to possess anabolic steroids with intent to distribute, possession of anabolic steroids with intent to distribute, and money laundering.

He has been under investigation by DEA and Internal Revenue Service agents for months before he was charged.

A month prior to his guilty plea, DeProspo’s brother, Justin, also pleaded guilty to similar charges.

The case against the DeProspo brothers was made using video surveillance, public records, telephone records, as well as Internet transactions. The brothers have been linked with British Dragon, an online source for anabolic steroids. In March this year, the two alleged founders of British Dragon have been arrested in Asia in an international sting operation.

According to court documents, Jonathan DeProspo has revealed during a taped conversation that “he had been involved in the steroid business for over four years and has two to three different steroid sources and tons of customers.”

Thursday 11, Sep 2008

  NFL player linked to steroid ring dropped by New Orleans Saints

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nfl-steroidsThings are not looking good for Matt Lehr. Lehr was recently dropped from the roster of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.

From the New Orleans Saints site:

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Sunday that the club has signed linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar to the active roster and terminated the contract of center Matt Lehr.

Dunbar, a rookie linebacker from the Boston College, signed with the Saints as a rookie free agent in April. The 6-foot, 226-pound native of Syracuse, N.Y. played in all four of the team’s preseason games this summer, making 16 tackles on defense and three more on special teams before being waived in the final round of cuts. He was re-signed to the practice squad September 1 and practiced with the team this week.

Lehr signed with team as a free agent this offseason after playing in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 6-2, 290-pound veteran offensive lineman saw action in all four preseason games as a reserve center.

We have devoted some articles on Lehr due to his ties with confessed steroid dealer David Jacobs of Plano, Texas. Jacobs had been very vocal of Lehr’s involvement with his steroid distribution network. The scandal had gained more notoriety when Jacobs killed himself and his on-again, off-again 30-year-old girlfriend Amanda Jo Earheart- Savell in June this year, soon after Jacobs got three years probation for distributing steroids. It was reported that Lehr had romantic relationship with Earheart-Savell, a figure competitor.

Before he committed the murder-suicide, the former bodybuilder met with NFL officials on two occasions and disclosed to them the names of NFL players whom he sold steroids to, particularly past and current players of the Dallas Cowboys.

After the murder-suicide, the league released a statement, offering condolences to the families of Jacobs and Earheart-Savell. Also, it said that officials were reviewing the information provided to them by Jacobs. The statement further read that: “It is premature to comment on any specific player at this time. Anyone found to have violated our policies will be subject to discipline, including suspension. We will continue to be responsive to any needs of law enforcement on this matter.”

Lehr was a fifth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2001. He started 22 games over parts of four years before his release late in the 2004 season.
Ryan Fowler is another former Cowboys player who was linked with Jacobs’ steroid distribution ring. The league, however, had not followed through a letter sent to Fowler June this year. The letter stated that he was facing an investigation and possible suspension. Fowler, who is currently with Tennessee Titans, considered the investigation closed.