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Iowa man pleads guilty to manufacturing anabolic steroids

SIOUX CITY – A man who manufactured anabolic steroids pled guilty on November 20, 2017, in federal court in Sioux City.

James Nhan, 23, from Orange City, Iowa, was convicted of one count of manufacturing anabolic steroids, which are Schedule III controlled substances.

In a plea agreement, Nhan admitted that, from late 2014 until December 15, 2015, he manufactured anabolic steroids and intended to distribute some of the steroids to various customers. In December 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Nhan’s residence and seized numerous vials containing anabolic steroids, as well as laboratory equipment, packing material, labels, and sheets of papers listing the names and addresses of individuals who had purchased or intended to purchase anabolic steroids.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Nhan remains free on bond pending sentencing. Nhan faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and at least 2 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Alexander and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Orange City Police Department, Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, Nebraska State Patrol, and Food Drug Administration – Office of Inspector General.

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