MARSHALL, Texas – A 53-year-old Hallsville, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking violation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.
Tony Goss pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne.
According to information presented in court, on August 22, 2019, state and federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at 107 Community Blvd, Suite #5, Longview, Texas, which was a commercial property leased by Goss. Agents ultimately recovered approximately 5,493 pills or tablets containing anabolic steroids, approximately 4,192 grams of anabolic steroid powder and, approximately 2,960 milliliters of liquid anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are a Schedule III controlled substance. Goss admitted that he possessed all the anabolic steroids with the intent to distribute them for commercial profit. Goss further admitted that he was personally responsible for the distribution of, and possessed with intent to distribute, at least 176,585 dosage units of anabolic steroids, which he distributed through mass-marketing via the internet.
Goss acknowledged that he received $459,285.25 in proceeds from his sale of steroids, and that he used some of those funds to purchase seven firearms and a 2016 Ford F-350. Goss agreed to forfeit to the government all the money he received from selling steroids, as well as all property he purchased with steroid proceeds.
Under the applicable federal statutes, Goss faces up to 10 years in federal prison. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Hallsville Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.