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Feds: Stillwater man distributed steroids by mail in U.S., Canada

Feds: Stillwater man distributed steroids by mail in U.S., Canada

Allegedly received shipments from Thailand
Feds: Stillwater man distributed steroids by mail in U.S., Canada
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ALBANY -- A Stillwater man is facing federal drug charges, accused of receiving and distributing steroids in Saratoga County, authorities said.

Sean T. Dubanowich, 43, received repeated shipments of steroids from Thailand in Stillwater and Clifton Park before selling the drugs by mail to individuals around the United  States and Canada, according to a federal complaint filed last week.

Dubanowich now faces federal charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, as well as conspiracy and money laundering counts.

The investigation began in March, when the Drug Enforcement Administration in Albany received information from a DEA agent in Thailand about steroids sent from that country to Stillwater, according to the federal complaint. Thai customs officials opened several packages, took photos and provided the information to the DEA.

Further investigation showed Dubanowich often picked up the packages himself and signed for them. He also received packages from China, India and Turkey, the complaint reads.

Shortly after receiving the packages, Dubanowich mailed five or six smaller packages. Investigators seized two packages destined for Canada in May and found steroids inside.

The investigation continued in October, when investigators seized several packages. Dubanowich then opened a post office box in Clifton Park, from which he received and sent more suspect packages, the complaint reads.

Dubanowich is accused of sending 31 international wire transfers in all from Jan. 1, 2015,  to June 29, 2016,  totaling more than $105,000. About half went to Thailand, and the other half went to India, according to the complaint.

Though Dubanowich claimed the transfers were for electronics, Christmas gifts and vitamins and nutritional supplies, investigators believe the money involved drug trafficking proceeds.

Dubanowich was arraigned in federal court in Albany last week and was ordered released under conditions pending trial.

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