Three men were charged in federal court for their alleged role in conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids through a dark network.
The four counts of the indictment include: Ronald D. Roginsky, 52, from Brunswick; John M. Ambrose, 40, from Chicago, and Eric S. Engle, 52, from Wexford, PA.
All three were charged with one invoice for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to import controlled substances, distribution of controlled substances through the Internet and conspiracy to launder money.
According to the indictment filed with the U.S. District Court in Cleveland:
Roginsky, Ambrose and Engle were members of the qu4ntum drug trade organization. The organization maintained and controlled the qu4ntum dark network seller account on AlphaBay, Dream Market, Wall Street and other dark network markets.
The qu4ntum drug manufacturing organization distributed anabolic steroids and other controlled substances through a dark network, websites and forums operating on a clean network and through human-to-human transactions, according to the indictment.
The organization used the qu4ntum account as an online store selling anabolic steroids and other controlled substances. The group imported steroids from China and other countries and shipped drugs to various parts of the United States.
They used the US Postal Service, third-party shipping companies, and hand-to-hand transactions as a means of distribution. They used various means to hide their identification as shippers, including the discovery of P.O. boxes under false names, according to the indictment.
The sale of controlled substances was paid for using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and cash, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the sentences will be determined by the Court after consideration of factors unique to the case, including the prior conviction of each accused, if any, the role of the accused in committing the crime and the nature of the violation. In all cases, the proposal will not exceed the maximum established by law, and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The case is being investigated by U.S. lawyers Daniel Riddle and Segev Phillips after an investigation by U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Security Service, Internal Revenue Service – criminal investigations, and Medina County Drug Task Force.
The charge is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant has the right to a fair trial, in which the government will need to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.