MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) – A Longview man was sentenced to just over a year and a half in federal prison on Wednesday in a scheme where he illegally sold anabolic steroids. Federal agents allowed KETK exclusive access to ride along and document the drug bust back in 2019.
Tony Goss, 53, pleaded guilty back in September to distribute thousands of pills containing the illegal steroids. He also had the steroids in powder in liquid form, all totaling:
- 5,493 pills
- 4,192 grams of powder
- 2,960 milliliters of liquid steroids
Before he pleaded guilty last year, he had to forfeit a 2016 Ford F-350 pickup that he bought with the profits along with $459,285.25 of cash that he made through the scheme.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), more than 1 million Americans use the drug illegally. KETK went on a ride-along with DEA agents in Longview as they busted Goss’ operation back in August of 2019.
“You literally don’t know what you’re getting, you don’t know whether some of these chemicals that we seized today were from China. We can’t guarantee what those chemicals are, and the people that shipped them to the United States don’t care.Jeff Kennamer, Supervisory Special Agent of the Tyler DEA office
Kennamer estimated that thousands of boxes of steroids were being shipped out of Goss’ facility. Law enforcement was first tipped off from its intelligence database alerting them of illegal business.
More than 37,000 doses of pills and tablets and 1,000 doses of liquid injectable steroids were found when all was said and done.
Kennamer said that the operation Goss was running was not a small-time operation.
“Some of that equipment is not your normal day to day pill-producing equipment. That is elaborate high-dollar equipment there that’s capable of making a lot of pills, a lot of steroids tablets in this case, and again tons of liquid in there too, tons in there that’s being made into steroids.”
The most common illegal source comes from smuggling steroids into the United States from other countries like Mexico, Europe, and in this case China.
With shipments coming from and going to foreign destinations monitored closely by the feds, why aren’t more people getting caught?
One reason – no prescription is required for ordering illicit or synthetic drugs online.
“It’s taking place right here in people’s backyards and they don’t know a thing about what’s going on,” says Kennamer.
Per federal law, Goss also had to surrender several firearms. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Tyler Field Office, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Ft. Worth Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.
Goss has been arrested several times in Gregg County over multiple decades, but has rarely been convicted.
He was charged with three counts of theft through worthless checks three times in the 1990s, but they were all dismissed. In 2000, he was accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. After a three-day trial, a jury found him not guilty.
Then in 2006, Goss was taken into custody for a DWI. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail and one-year probation.