A Massachusetts man involved in an international steroid ring with Pittsburgh connections was sentenced today to three years of probation for his role as a distributor of the drugs from dubious labs in China, Ukraine and Mexico.
Clayton V. Moore, 40, of Cotuit, Mass., pleaded guilty in May to steroid distribution, money laundering and other charges.
A bodybuilder since his teens, Mr. Moore said he was introduced to the world of illegal steroids at age 32 by Paul G. Matthews of Pittsburgh, who ran Matthews Training Concepts.
Mr. Moore obtained steroids first in Mexico and then made his own from materials bought in China and Ukraine, which he then sold to Mr. Matthews for distribution in the Pittsburgh region, according to federal prosecutors. Mr. Matthews is serving 15 months in federal prison.
"I shouldn't have been doing what I was doing," Mr. Moore told Senior U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose today.
She told him that his role in the ring was no different than that of any drug trafficker.
"You did endanger the public," she said.
Although he had faced prison, she cut him a substantial break because he has cooperated with federal authorities in their investigation of the ring.
The U.S. attorney's office filed a motion on his behalf requesting leniency for his help in pursuing the case.
The two Ukrainian ringleaders, Oleksandr "Musclebear" Skochyk and Yeveniy Suray, were arrested in Cyprus in 2010. Both were sentenced here in June to three years and 10 months in prison. Federal agents estimated that they had some 600 customers across the U.S.