Six people have been arrested for allegedly using a Beverly tanning salon to traffic homemade steroids that they were marketing as pharmaceutical grade, according to federal prosecutors.
The office of Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb said the group claimed the drugs had been made by the company Onyx Pharmaceuticals. In fact, authorities said, the suspects were the manufacturers.
“The defendants allegedly made the steroids themselves, using raw steroids imported from overseas, including from China,” the statement said.
Three of the defendants — Tyler Bauman, 32, Philip Goodwin, 36, and Melissa Sclafani, 29, opened a tanning salon in Beverly. The three allegedly used the salon, Wicked Tan, as part of their drug trafficking operation.
Prosecutors did not say when the defendants were arrested, or when the scheme began.
One suspect, Bauman, allegedly used a social media profile with the name “musclehead 320,” which he claimed was “sponsored by Onyx,” to promote the steroids.
The defendants allegedly sold the drugs over the internet and shipped them across the country, breaking federal laws.
Bauman, Goodwin, and Sclafani, along with Kathryn Green, 28, Robert Medeiros, 31, and Brian Petzke, 49 are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon.Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaddieKilgannon.