Bixby man gets 3-year prison term in testosterone-importing sting
BY DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Thursday, October 04, 2012
10/04/12 at 4:28 AM
A Bixby man was sentenced Wednesday to three years and one month in prison after he pleaded guilty to importing testosterone into the United States from China earlier this year.
John Isaac Hudelson had pleaded guilty June 1 to two charges contained in an April 2 indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Tulsa.
Hudelson, 23, also admitted possessing controlled substances while intending to manufacture anabolic steroids. He stated in his plea agreement that he possessed 1,697 grams of materials, including testosterone in powder form, and 889 milliliters of other substances, including testosterone in liquid form.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Janet Reincke told the court in June that on Jan. 3, a package containing about 1 kilogram of testosterone was detected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in San Francisco.
They alerted federal law enforcement officials in Oklahoma on Jan. 9, and three days later, a "controlled delivery" was made to Hudelson's residence, where a search warrant was executed, Reincke said.
An investigation revealed that Hudelson was supplying about 15 customers, she said.
In a Sept. 19 filing, Assistant Federal Public Defender Stephen Greubel argued that Hudelson's criminal conduct was "the product of a sincere, albeit misguided, desire to improve his physique and the physiques of his friends so that they might be competitive in the world of professional bodybuilding."
Reincke said during Wednesday's hearing that, although the illegality of steroids may not be fully appreciated in the world of bodybuilding, "we need to send a message, even if it takes a while to get through."
A few other steroids cases have been filed in federal court in Tulsa in recent years, but those defendants typically have received probation, not prison time.
U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan ordered Hudelson to be under court supervision for three years after his release from prison, during which time he will be tested for drug use.
Hudelson, who also was fined $200, is to begin his prison sentence by Nov. 28.
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John Isaac Hudelson: He pleaded guilty to illegally importing testosterone from China and also to possessing substances to be used for the production of anabolic steroids. His lawyer said the scheme was "the product of a sincere, albeit misguided, desire to improve his physique and the physiques of his friends" so they could compete in bodybuilding