The name of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin appeared on a list of 22 professional athletes federal prosecutors allege obtained steroids from a Mobile, Ala.-based pharmacy between 2004-06, according to an internet report published on Friday by the Mobile Press-Register newspaper.
Carwin was among seven athletes – including pro wrestlers Kurt Angle and “Hardcore” Bob Holly as well as four professional bodybuilders – named by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Dobbins at the sentencing of Alabama pharmacist J. Michael Bennett. Bennett, one of five men recently found guilty of “participating in a nationwide conspiracy to illegally sell anabolic steroids,” was sentenced to four years in prison, according to the report.
Court records also referenced a half-dozen other bodybuilders, seven pro wrestlers and two professional baseball players by only their initials, according to the Press-Register.
Prosecutors referred to Bennett, a supervising pharmacist, and his co-defendants — the owners of Mobile’s Applied Pharmacy Services and another anti-aging clinic owner — as “drug dealers in lab coats” and court records said the men “shipped 762,388 dosages (of steroids) to 17 doctors and clinics from April 4, 2004, until Aug. 30, 2006.”
The four other men will be sentenced at a later date and U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade implied they could receive stiffer penalties than Bennett, the report said.
It is unknown if legal action will be pursued against any of the athletes named in the case.
From the Press-Register story:
“They contended that Bennett played a key role in an enterprise involving rogue doctors and health clinics across the country who used the compounding pharmacy to supply healthy adults with dangerous steroids. Some of those substances were veterinary drugs approved only for use in livestock.
‘These are steroids for horses and cows, not for young people and humans,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Dobbins said.”
(UPDATE: MMA Fighting.com reports Carwin’s agent, Jason Genet, said his client “had no comment, but plans to make a statement at a later date.”)