SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Casey Seesholtz, age 31, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, was charged in a criminal information with conspiring to manufacture and distribute anabolic steroids. Seesholtz was charged on August 27, 2020 and pleaded guilty on September 3, 2020, but the information remained under seal until recently.
According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the Information alleges that between October 2017 and October 2019, Seesholtz conspired to distribute and manufacture the anabolic steroids methylstenbolone (known as M-Sten) and dimethazine (known as DMZ). Seesholtz pleaded guilty to manufacturing between 40,000 and 60,000 pills of the anabolic steroids at a warehouse in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He also admitted to selling some of the anabolic steroids through a storefront in Kingston, Pennsylvania, while others were sold online by his coconspirators. Federal agents seized pill presses and encapsulating machines during the course of the investigation.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.