Four people have been arrested in connection with what federal authorities say was a scheme to import large amounts of steroids primarily from Hong Kong for redistribution to customers across the U.S.
The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says 46-year-old David Esser, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, was the ringleader.
Authorities say the raw steroids were cooked into liquid form, repackaged, and shipped through several post offices. A search yielded an estimated 143,000 steroid pills and 4,300 vials of steroids in liquid form.
All four suspects were all released on unsecured bond after an initial court appearance Wednesday.