Springs businessman pleads guilty to steroid distribution

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MOBILE, Ala. (A.P.) – A Colorado businessman has pleaded guilty to steroid charges in what prosecutors describe as a $4 million distribution scheme that allegedly operated in at least 10 states.

James A. Abernathy of Colorado Springs, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. The Mobile Press-Register reported Abernathy’s plea Monday.

He had faced trial along with 11 other defendants after an investigation focusing on Applied Pharmacy Services, which was based in Mobile and allegedly sold thousands of doses of anabolic steroids to customers across the country.

Abernathy also agreed to surrender $5,000 in drug proceeds and money used to facilitate the conspiracy.

The indictments stemmed from a long-term investigation into the alleged distribution of anabolic steroids to doctors, gyms, health and workout clubs nationwide.