SCRANTON — A Nanticoke man who served two years in federal prison for operating a drug ring that distributed steroids and Ecstasy in 2007 has agreed to plead guilty a second time to trafficking steroids from overseas, according to federal court documents.
Peter Sepling, 43, submitted a statement he plans to plead guilty to importing Gamma Butyrolactone from China in April 2011.
Sepling and John Nikoloff, of West Fourth Street, West Wyoming, were indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2011. Nikoloff, age unknown, pleaded guilty on Feb. 23, 2012, to conspiring to distribute the performance-enhancement drug. His sentencing hearing has been continued several times as Sepling’s case remained open.
Sepling was scheduled for trial in federal court in October.
U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo must accept Sepling’s guilty plea before it becomes official.
Sepling could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, court records state.
According to court records: Customs officers working at a DHL Courier facility in Kentucky targeted a parcel from China to Nikoloff in April 2011. The parcel contained 1.1 kilograms of Gamma Butyrolactone. The parcel was delivered to Nikoloff’s address on April 26, 2011.
Authorities served a search warrant the same day, finding the empty parcel box behind a garage on the property, and steroids, pills, syringes and packaging from previous deliveries in Nikoloff’s apartment above the garage, court records state.
Nikoloff told authorities he accepted the parcel at his residence on behalf of Sepling. He delivered the parcel to Sepling when they met later on April 26, 2011, along Wyoming Avenue in Kingston.
A search of Sepling’s residence uncovered 111 bottles of anabolic steroids and numerous bottles of pills and liquids, court records state.
In 2007, Sepling pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute ketamine, a tranquilizer that is a popular “club drug.” Authorities said Sepling obtained large quantities of the drug from a source in India.