Two arrests made after overseas steroids shipment arrives in Riverton
Michael David Watson appeared in Riverton’s Circuit Court on Friday afternoon following his arrest on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Watson’s bond was set at $15,000 cash after Judge Roberts concurred with prosecutor’s statements, alleging that he poses a danger to the community due to the sheer amount of steroids that he had in his possession.
Watson is formally being charged with two felony charges, one for possession of a felony amount of Schedule III Controlled Substance in Pill Form and another for possession of a felony amount of Schedule II Controlled Substance in Liquid Form. If found guilty of both charges, Watson faces up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
Customs Agents discovered steroids during shipping
According to charging documents filed with the Circuit Court in Riverton, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) International Mail Facility at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California intercepted a mail parcel declared as “beauty products” on December 23, 2017. A “more intrusive examination” was then performed and resulted in the discovery of bottles marked as Proviron, Dianabol, and 16 vials marked as Tren-Mix 200. All items are known to be Anabolic Steroids.
After a test of one of the pills detected the presence of Mesterolone, a generic term for the steroid Proviron, CBP proceeded to seize the contents of the package. Altogether, agents seized 400 tablets marked as 25 mg Proviron, 400 tablets marked as 20 mg Dianabol, and 16 10 ml vials marked as Tren-Mix 200 (Trenbolone, Schedule III Controlled Substance).
The package was addressed to David Watson, 1220 N. Smith Road, Riverton, Wyoming and was marked as sent from Zhirong, Korean Air Cargo Terminal, Rep. of Korea, China, 22381. CBP agents confirmed that Watson resided at the address and that he was currently on felony probation.
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Office in Casper requested that the contents be sent to their office in order to attempt a controlled delivery. HSI agents in Casper received the package on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Controlled Delivery in Riverton
On January 4th, 2018, DCI, HSI, and DEA Agents, along with the USPS Inspector conducted a controlled delivery of the package to David Watson at his residence in Riverton. Watson accepted the package and signed the postal form provided to him by the undercover Postal Inspector. Watson was then served a search warrant at the residence and was interviewed by DCI agents.
Watson informed DCI agents that he knew law enforcement was at his residence because he “ordered steroids.” Watson stated that he provided William Cody Klaproth, of Douglas, Wyoming, with approximately $700 and Klaproth “ordered the steroids.” Watson explained that Klaproth requested that the package would be sent to Watson’s residence and that on arrival the two would split the steroids, with Watson getting approximately half, and Klaproth getting approximately half.
According to Watson, Klaproth informed him that due to the package not arriving as scheduled, Klaproth contacted the supplier and another package with the same contents was shipped to Watson’s address to replace the original package, which was thought to be lost.