A Northampton County correctional officer who was charged last week with allegedly selling steroids gave up his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before a Lehigh County district judge.
Brian Potance, 26, of Easton waived the hearing before District Judge Donna Butler and will now face charges in Lehigh County Court. The remaining five, including a promoter who once headed the bodybuilding competition at SportsFest in Allentown, postponed their hearings.
Potance identified himself as a Northampton County correctional officer on his Facebook page. Officials with the prison have not returned calls to update his status.
Agents with the Attorney General’s office said Potance supplied steroids to Edward Moyzan, 37, of Trexlertown, who would then give them to Craig Johnson, a promoter for Lehigh Valley NPC who at one time was in charge of the bodybuilding competition at SportsFest. Moyzan recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced for selling steroids in 2006 and 2007 at a Gold’s Gym in Bethlehem.
The six arrests last week were the second phase of Operation Road Runner, which led to 10 arrests for alleged steroid sales in November 2009.
According to a state grand jury:
A confidential informant in August and September 2009 bought steroids from Johnson at his business, Top Physique Nutrition and Promotions, 725 N. 15th St., Allentown. Johnson told the informant the steroids were supplied by Moyzan, who did not want to deal directly with the buyer.
After the informant gave Johnson money, Moyzan would collect the money. Moyzan later told investigators he bought steroids from Potance, who said he bought them online.
The others arrested for selling steroids were Brian Chamberlain, 26, of West Chester, Chester County; Frank Peters, 34, of Ambler, Montgomery County; and Angela Girondo, 50, also of Ambler.
Moyzan and Potance are charged with delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy, Johnson only with conspiracy. Moyzan is in Lehigh County Prison under $100,000 bail while Johnson and Potance are free on $100,000 unsecured bail.