Five men and one woman face trafficking charges after being indicted by an Ottawa County grand jury.
David Meek, 50, of Oak Harbor, was charged with six counts of trafficking anabolic steroids, one count of illegal distribution of anabolic steroids, one count of illegal manufacturing of anabolic steroids, two counts of possession of anabolic steroids and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Meek is accused of manufacturing anabolic steroids in his Carroll Township home, then selling them throughout the country via the U.S. Postal Service.
Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said Meek is on federal probation for similar offenses in Columbus. Mulligan also noted that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was "instrumental" in bringing the alleged offenses to light.
"Many of the drug ingredients came from China through the mail," Mulligan said. "These performance enhancing drugs carry significant side effects."
Among the other individuals charged includes:
The Ottawa County Drug Task Force arrested Meek, Cole, Jester, Petrucci and Dyson, all of whom were incarcerated at the Ottawa County Detention Facility. Hale is incarcerated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and will be served with the warrant prior to his release.
Mulligan noted that an indictment is merely a formal charge and does not denote the guilt or innocence of the accused.
Pubished by portclintonnewsherald.com