Marion Man Pleads Guilty To Obtaining Anabolic Steroids From China

(BENTON, IL) — James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Friday, that on January 28, 2016, Matthew Short, 29, of Marion, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court to Importation of a Controlled Substance (Anabolic Steroids) from China. Sentencing has been set for May 11, 2016. Short waived Grand Jury Indictment and was charged in the single count Information. Short will face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release. During his plea hearing, Short admitted that he had ordered close to a kilogram of various Anabolic Steroids, all Schedule III Controlled Substances, from China to be sent to his home in Marion, Illinois. The package was identified as it entered the United States and was seized by United States Customs and Border Protection at the San Francisco Mail Center, where it was referred for investigation to Homeland Security Investigations. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.