AUSTIN (KXAN) — Federal and state authorities arrested 22 people in the Austin area on Thursday believed to be connected to a steroid distribution ring. Included in the arrests were ringleaders Timothy John Bruner, 54, of Leander, and 23-year-old Ryan Robert Rowland of Round Rock, a statement from the Department of Justice said.
Federal charges were handed down for six of the people arrested, including Bruner and Rowland. Others facing federal charges are: Ronald Marion Butsch, 42, Austin; Dan Lee, 47, Austin; Timothy John Moore, 49, Austin; and Don Glen Zachary, 58, Austin. The other 16 face state charges.
Authorities say since at least January 2014, the six men facing federal charges conspired to distribute more than 1,000 dosage units of steroids in tablet form, and more than 200 vials of steroids in liquid form. Those six are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. They face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.
Investigators say they conducted several controlled purchases from Bruner and Rowland during their eight-month investigation, according to the DOJ release. Authorities added a significant amount of steroids and $300,000 in cash and other assets had been seized.
According to court records, most steroid users purchase between one and two 10cc vials at a time, which usually lasts between five- to 10 weeks depending on the user. A source told authorities that if someone is purchasing eight or more, they’re most likely making money by redistributing the steroids at a higher price.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety, Cedar Park Police Department, Austin Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Williamson County Constable’s Office.