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Alphabay Vendor "Qu4ntum" Admits Selling Steroids

Eric Angle, the brother of retired wrestler Kurt Angle, pleaded guilty to selling anabolic steroids on Alphabay, Dream, and Wall Street Market under under the username “qu4ntum.” Other co-conspirators pleaded guilty to the same charge in addition to a related money laundering charge.

Previously: Three Indicted for Selling Steroids on the Darkweb

Angle, according to an indictment filed in September 2019, had two co-conspirators. Ronald Roginsky and John Ambrose. Roginsky, the leader of the group, created steroids. Angle and Ambrose sold steroids produced by Roginsky on the darkweb and on bodybuilding forums on the surface web. Roginsky, when not producing steroids, also sold them online as well as in person.

Steroid precursors and related products seized during a police raid

Steroid precursors and related products seized during a police raid

The September 2019 indictment (available here) accused the three defendants of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; conspiracy to import controlled substances; distributing controlled substances by means of the internet; and conspiracy to launder money.

The group used cryptocurrency exchanges to launder money, according to court documents. Like the operation dark gold targets, the defendants also shipped cash through the Postal Service.

Court documents detailed the money laundering charge as follows:

  • The defendants utilized digital currency (such as Bitcoin) to conceal and disguise the nature, location, source, ownership and control of the drug proceeds;
  • They Maintained and controlled digital currency addresses through which customers paid them in exchange for narcotics;
  • They used digital currency exchanges to convert cryptocurrency drug trafficking proceeds into official fiat currency;
  • Shipped cash in the mail as payment for controlled substances.

The group sold at least 60,000 doses of steroids, according to the indictment. Roginsky produced the product at a large-scale, using as many as ten P.O. boxes and UPS private mailboxes to receive precursor chemicals from bulk suppliers in China.

Angle admitted reselling at least 721 grams of steroids.

With a trial scheduled for next week, all three defendants entered guilty pleas as to count one of the indictment (conspiracy to distribute controlled substances) and Roginsky pleaded guilty to count four as well (conspiracy to launder money). Roginsky already agreed to forfeit more than $213,000 in cash, an undisclosed amount of Bitcoin, a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, and a 1985 Buick Regal. According to Cleveland.com, Roginsky told a Postal Inspector that he had used the steroid money to make a down payment on a house as well.

A sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge James Gwin will take place in April 2020.

Below is part of the related complaint against Roginsky detailing the United States Postal Inspection Service’s involvement in the case:

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An investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
developed evidence that from a time in 2015 through November 13, 2018, Ronald Roginsky
manufactured anabolic steroids and trafficked anabolic steroids through the mail across the
United States.

On October 24, 2018, a U.S. Postal Inspector observed a male, later identified as
Ronald Roginsky, arrive at the Brunswick, Ohio, post office at approximately 2:30 p.m. The
postal inspector observed Roginsky deposit 19 parcels into the mail receptacle located inside the
post office.

On October 25, 2018, the postal inspector obtained and executed federal search
warrants for the 19 parcels. Scheduled controlled substances were recovered.
The vials of liquid and pill bottles each listed “UX Labs” on the label.

In September, 2018, a Postal Service parcel addressed to Ronald Roginsky had
been received at Roginsky’s Brunswick, Ohio, residence from Le Melange, LLC, 10232
Clubhouse Turn Road, Lake Worth, Florida 33449. Le Melange, LLC, sells various packing
supplies including 10 ml vials similar to the vials seized containing anabolic steroids.

On October 31, 2018, at approximately 12:47 p.m., a U.S. Postal Inspector
observed Ronald Roginsky depart his Brunswick, Ohio, residence. The postal inspector
followed Roginsky to the Hinckley, Ohio post office. Roginsky entered the post office.

Following Roginsky’s departure, the postal inspector immediately interviewed the
post office window clerk, who advised that Roginsky had mailed (6) parcels.

Hinckley postal management advised that the individual (Roginsky) who mailed
the (6) parcels is the renter of PO Box ***09 Hinckley, Ohio. The postal inspector reviewed the
PO Box ***09 application. “Robert D. Davis” was listed as the name of the person who applied
for/rented PO Box ***09. The driver’s license listed could not be located in any state databases
and appeared to be fictitious.

On November 1, 2018, the postal inspector obtained federal search warrants for
the (6) parcels, resulting in the recovery of scheduled controlled substances.

On November 2, 2018, a postal inspector interdicted a U.S. Priority Mail parcel
addressed to Rob Davis, PO Box ***09, Hinckley, Ohio 44233 and bearing a return address
from Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The postal inspector obtained and executed a federal search
warrant resulting in the recovery of $270.00 U.S. Currency concealed inside an envelope,
wrapped in newspaper.

On November 13, 2018, U.S. Postal Inspectors and Special Agents from the FBI,
IRS, and Medina County Drug Task Force executed a federal search warrant at the Brunswick,

Ohio residence of Ronald Roginsky. Investigators identified/recovered in Roginsky’s residence
equipment and other materials for the manufacture, sale, and distribution of steroids.

Also found in the search was a plastic tub containing U.S. Priority Mail parcels.
Steroids were recovered from the parcels. These items were found on the kitchen table and were
suspected of being Ronald Roginsky” s daily shipments.

The postal inspector, along with an FBI Special Agent and an IRS Special Agent,
interviewed Ronald Roginsky. Prior to any questioning, Roginsky was read his rights per
Miranda and signed an Inspection Service Warning and Waiver of Rights form.

Roginsky stated he opened - with counterfeit Ohio driver’s licenses and
fraudulent insurance/utility documents - ten PO boxes at (9) post offices and (1) UPS store.
Roginsky used these PO boxes to receive anabolic steroids, precursors, and steroid sale
proceeds/payments.