CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Tempers flared at the Midlothian home of a man sentenced Wednesday to spend four years in prison for selling illegal anabolic steroids.
Forty-four-year-old Carl Macchiarulo pleaded guilty in April to conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids.
“I have children here, f*** off,” a woman who identified herself as Macchiarulo’s wife, yelled from the porch of her home to CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Macchiarulo imported the illegal drugs from China and other foreign countries, sold them online, and then distributed the steroids through the mail to customers in 30 different states.
“They’re usually unmarked boxes that come in,” Doctor Richi Bala, who specializes in Sports Medicine at Bon Secours Redskins Training Center, said.
Bala said the illegal steroids are growing in popularity, including among teens.
“The biggest rise has been among recreational athletes to get that edge, to get that muscle mass, to get them ahead of the pack,” Bala said.
Bala said anabolic steroids are dangerous, and it’s important to stop their sale.
“There’s a causality link between enlarged heart and steroid use,” Bala said.
As part of the plea agreement, the feds seized more than $160,000 from Macchiarulo’s home, which they said he made from selling the steroids.
Macchiarulo’s attorney, Scott Leemon, sent CBS 6 the following statement:
"We would like to thank the court for showing some mercy. The court saw Carl is a family man and this was the only blemish on his 44 years of life. He's fully accepted responsibility for what he did and looks forward to getting home to his family who are the most important people in the world to him."