>A St. Louis-area man accused of selling steroids locally pleaded guilty, and could face a sentence of as long as 20 years in prison.
Charged last month, Ronald J. Sales, 46, confirmed today to U.S. District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose that he imported 40,000 units of anabolic steroids from Ukraine and China, and in 2009 and 2010 sold some of those units in Western Pennsylvania.
Because he has had a past drug conviction, the potential sentence is doubled from 10 years to 20, and the potential fine is doubled to $1 million. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton said the government will give him a reduction in the offense level for accepting responsibility for his actions.
Mr. Sales also agreed to give up to the government $21,843 he made from illegal activity.