Springs Pharmacist Convicted Of Importing, Distributing Steroids

Federal Prosecutors Say Human Growth Hormone Distributed To Minors

A Colorado Springs pharmacist was convicted Tuesday on 31 counts related to the importation and distribution of anabolic steroids and Chinese-manufactured human growth hormone.

Thomas Bader, a licensed pharmacist and former owner and operator of College Pharmacy in Colorado Springs, used the pharmacy to receive human growth hormone that had been smuggled into the United States from China and to distribute the hormone and testosterone to customers across the country, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Federal prosecutors say the testosterone "often went to bodybuilders who had no legitimate relationship with physicians." Jurors deliberated for parts of three days before convicting Bader on multiple counts of conspiracy, distribution, facilitating the sale of human growth hormone and possession with intent to distribute. The charges included 23 counts alleging that the human growth hormone went to minors.

The jury also found that Bader should forfeit $4.8 million in assets and the land where the pharmacy was located.

Bader will be sentenced on April 29.