Men from Shrewsbury and Worcester pleaded guilty to taking part in a steroid distribution ring in Boston Federal Court Thursday.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts, Ryan Baillargeon, 34, and a co-conspirator packaged steroids produced from a a functioning anabolic steroid lab in his home. Alan Rich, 32, of Shrewsbury, stored a tableting machine, used to make steroid pills, at his house.
The tableting machine was reportedly owned by Daniel Frederickson, 29, of Shrewsbury. Frederickson was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute steroids and possession of a tableting machine in June.
Police became aware of Frederickson and Baillargeon’s distribution operation in 2014 after receiving a tip from a cooperating witness.
The witness told police that he went to the home of Frederickson and Baillargeon over the course of many months to purchase steroids and on one occasion witnessed Baillargeon packaging steroids.
Police had the witness make two controlled purchases from Frederickson, authorities said.
Police executed a search warrant on Frederickson and Baillargeon’s house on March 24, 2014. They discovered a functioning anabolic steroid conversion laboratory and more than 20,000 doses of steroids in pill and liquid forms.
They also found 100 grams of raw steroids in powder form and another 10,000 liquid doses still in production.
The next day, police intercepted a package from China addressed to Frederickson and Baillargeon that contained Nandrolone Decanoate, a controlled substance.
A further investigation revealed that Rich allowed Frederickson to store a tableting machine, used to create steroid pills, at his home in exchange for money and steroids.
Rich and Baillargeon are scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15.