Apple Valley man sentenced in steroids case

An Apple Valley man was sentenced in U.S. District Court last week to five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

Andrew J. Fiedler, 38, was indicted in May 2011 following an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

On Feb. 14, 2008, police orchestrated controlled purchases of anabolic steroids from Fiedler, who admitted distributing at least 9,760 units of the drugs during these transactions.

Fiedler pleaded guilty in October 2011.

Athletes, bodybuilders and others abuse anabolic steroids to improve athletic performance, muscle strength and appearance. They are available as injectable preparations, tablets, capsules, gels and creams.

Fiedler, whose sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz on Sept. 28, is one of four Minnesota men to be sentenced this year after being charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids.

In January, Jeffrey A. Warner, 47, received three years of probation; 39-year-old Matthew C. Markwood of Elk River was sentenced to two years of probation in March; and in September Aaron W. Meier, 34, of Lino Lakes, was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids and one count of money laundering.