Car towed from the scene of a search warrant served on Southeast Harold Street
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Federal search warrants were served in and around Portland Thursday morning in connection to a major steroid trafficking investigation.
Sixteen people were named in an unsealed indictment, alleging steroids were shipped from China to Oregon, repackaged and sold through the mail.
The indictment alleges Shane Jack and Landon Britt created and registered a company called SJ Motors Inc. as a front for drug-trafficking and money laundering.
The pair, along with Jack's wife Georgia Jack, are accused of converting powder steroids into liquid, bottling it and selling it, along with steroid tablets, using the name Pharmagen, according to court documents.
Investigators said Pharmagen has never been registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency to manufacture or distribute controlled substances.
The indictment states the three suspects used a home at the Altamont Summit Luxury Apartments on Johnson Creek Boulevard near Altamont Park in Happy Valley to prepare and manufacture the steroids.
They are also accused of similarly repackaging and selling other drugs, including human growth hormone, Viagra and Cialis.
Prosecutors said agents found hundreds of steroid tablets and 5,000 vials of steroids ready to ship, along with four pounds of marijuana, during Thursday's raid at the apartment.
"It's kind of crazy to think that someone would be doing that downstairs," said neighbor Leshan Terry.
Other neighbors said they would see the alleged ringleaders of this operation at random times, and they were never friendly or even polite.
"I said 'hi' a couple of times and no response," said neighbor Dania Howard
Court documents show the suspects are also accused of using homes at 12523 SE Harold St. and 8116 SE Duke St. in Portland to manufacture and distribute marijuana, as well as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
A Fox 12 crew watched a car being towed from the scene on Harold Street Thursday morning as part of the investigation.
Britt purchased and maintained property in Selma to manufacture and distribute marijuana, as well, the indictment states.
Court documents show the suspects, primarily Britt, made payments to Chinese chemical companies from July 2006 to March 2013 totaling around $470,000, using wire transfers or international bank transfers. The indictment shows a list of more than five dozen packages containing steroids shipped from China to the suspects.
Ronald Stoltenberg is named as having received 37 steroid shipments from China to a location in Vancouver between March 2008 and May 2013 as part of the operation, according to the indictment.
Others names in the indictment are listed as "objects of the conspiracy," on charges of importing the steroids into the U.S., maintaining drug-involved premises and manufacturing, distributing and possessing the controlled substances.
At least nine of the suspects were arrested and set to appear in court Thursday as a result of the warrants.
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