A Worcester man and Shrewsbury man pleaded guilty on Thursday, Sept. 21 in federal court in Worcester for their roles in a steroid-distribution ring in Worcester County.
Ryan Baillargeon, 34, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute steroids. Alan Rich, 32, of Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a tableting machine to manufacture a controlled substance.
Baillargeon and Rich will be sentenced on Dec. 15, 2017.
According to the District of Massachusetts Attorney General’s office both men were part of a steroid distribution conspiracy which distributed steroids in and around Worcester and Shrewsbury.
The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of two years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $500,000. The charge of possession of a tableting machine provides for a sentence of no greater than four years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
In 2014, a cooperating witness purchased steroids from Daniel Frederickson, an alleged co-conspirator over the course of many months. The witness observed Baillargeon packaging steroids at Frederickson’s home.
On March 12, 2014, law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home of Frederickson and Baillargeon, where they uncovered a functioning anabolic steroid conversion laboratory and seized approximately 20,000 doses of steroids in liquid and pill form, as well as approximately 100 grams of raw steroids in powder form, and approximately 10,000 doses of liquid steroids still in production.
On March 13, 2014, law enforcement intercepted a package from China addressed to Baillargeon that contained Nandrolone Decanoate, a controlled substance. The investigation further revealed that Rich allowed Frederickson to store a tableting machine, used to create steroid pills, at Rich’s home in exchange for monetary compensation and a small amount of steroids.