LEBANON, Ohio, April 10 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman, part of a steroid-distribution network from Tennessee to Ohio, was sentenced to five years in prison.
Jessica Howard, 27, received the longest sentence, thus far, of suspects prosecuted in Warren County, Ohio, since November in the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids used primarily in weight gain and muscle development, the Cincinnati Enquirer said Tuesday.
Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Andy Sievers noted that two other participants in the scheme have already received stiff sentences. Kenneth Freeman was sentenced to three years in prison, and professional wrestler Kris "Kid Carnage" Sheid received a three-year sentence.
Many of the lower-level drug sellers, among the two dozen or so suspects already prosecuted, have been sentenced to probation or jail, Sievers said.
Howard was convicted of two felony counts of trafficking in drugs and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The newspaper said she and former fiancee Matt Geraci, who testified against her at trial, are considered major players in the in the steroid-distribution ring.
Geraci's trial is scheduled to begin in June. The ring's alleged leader, Ronald Herbort, will be tried in late April.
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