Parrish firefighter, wife arrested on federal steroid charges

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 31, 2014 

PARRISH -- A Parrish firefighter and his wife were arrested Friday morning and are facing federal charges of possessing and distributing anabolic steroids.

Gregory Russell Waldo and Stephanie Lea Waldo were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Tampa.

The couple is charged with trafficking in anabolic steroids up until June 11, 2013, and earning $19,125, according to an indictment.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated the case. DEA spokeswoman Mia Ro confirmed the arrests but would not comment further, saying it is still an ongoing investigation.

The couple appeared before a federal judge on Friday for a first appearance hearing and bond was set at $10,000 apiece, according to court documents. Restrictions of their release include travel limited to within the federal Middle District of Florida, no drug use, submitting to drug testing and providing DNA specimens. They also must report by phone to Pre-Trial Services by 4 p.m. every Friday.

Each pled guilty, and a trial is set for March 3. Their next mandatory court appearance will be for a status hearing at 9 a.m. Feb. 13 before federal Judge Richard Lazzara.

Gregory Waldo has been suspended from his position at the Parrish Fire District. The suspension was ordered by Chief Mike Johnson, who was not available for comment.

Others have also been charged as part of this ongoing joint investigation by the DEA, Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Former Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy Thomas Peel was terminated after his involvement in a steroids scandal. Peel and firefighter Wayne Faulkner each pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids in October, according to court documents.

They each face up to 10 years in prison, $500,000 in fines, two years of supervised release and a special assessment of $100.

Andrew Cleveland, a personal trainer at Crunch Fitness in Sarasota; Aaron Larkin, of Bradenton; and James Sevier were also charged in the federal investigation.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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