Federal charges added in Florida steroids case


Published: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:35 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. Federal charges have now been filed against a central Florida man who told authorities he sold steroids to professional athletes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced Monday that Richard Thomas is now facing a federal charge of possessing and selling anabolic steroids.

Large amounts of steroids were seized when Thomas was arrested last week at his Lakeland home. Thomas told authorities he was a major dealer whose clients included players for the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals.

Authorities say they have no evidence that he sold to professional athletes. The teams have issued denials.

The 35-year-old Thomas was transferred to federal custody Monday. Records did not indicate whether he has an attorney.

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