Steroid Doctor for Pro Wrestlers Pleads Guilty in Applied Pharmacy Services Investigation

Two additional guilty pleas have been linked to the Applied Pharmacy Services federal steroid investigation. Dr. David A. Wilbirt and his fiancée, Candace V. Toler, have both pleaded to conspiracy to illegally dispensing and distributing anabolic steroids. Physicians Scott Corliss, Kenneth Olds, Kelly Tucker and Pamela Pyle have previously pleaded guilty to steroid conspiracy charges while dispensing various anabolic steroids via Applied Pharmacy Services (APS); Anti-aging expert James Abernathy has also been linked to APS (“Doctor, fiancée plead guilty to steroids charges,” August 23).

Dr. David Wilbirt was busted during Operation Netroids where he was found to have sold thousands of prescriptions for anabolic steroids and controlled substances over the internet to numerous “patients” including several professional wrestlers (“Wrestlers allegedly tied to drug ring,” March 19, 2007)

David Wilbirt, an Arizona doctor, was investigated by the DEA from 2001 to 2005 for allegedly writing 3,879 prescriptions between November 2004 and April 2005, all for “patients” who had requested drugs over the Internet… his name has surfaced several times in the official documents we reviewed from the “Operation Netroids” investigation…

We’d already seen his name come up in conjunction with Kurt Angle, a 1996 Olympic gold-medal-winning freestyle wrestler and now a star professional wrestler who allegedly received two prescriptions for trenbolone and one for nandrolone between October 2004 and February ’05. It turns out Angle isn’t the only pro wrestler alleged to have received prescriptions from Wilbirt. According to the official documents we reviewed, Wilbirt was billed for HCG and the steroid stanozolol that were sent to WWE star Eddie Guerrero in early 2005…

Wilbirt also allegedly issued prescriptions for the steroids nandrolone and stanozolol to Oscar Gutierrez, whose stage name is Rey Mysterio.

Dr. Wilbirt prescribed many bodybuilding drugs to clients of a New York based company named “Bodybuilders” including Arimidex, Oxandrolone, Nandrolone Decanoate, Stanozolol, Testosterone Cypionate, Novarel, Tamoxifen, Trenbolone, Dyazide and Cytomel. Several prescriptions were filled through the compounding pharmacy Applied Pharmacy Services (APS).

APS, based in Mobile, Alabama, has been target of a federal probe for several years although no one has yet been charged with a crime. Court documents in related cases indicate federal investigators believe APS shareholders Samuel Kelley and Jason Kelley were involved in an alleged conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

Dr. David Wilbur allegedly conspired with Benjamin Eugene Bolton, of the anti-aging clinic Cellular Nucleonic Advantage (CNA) in Texas, to distribute anabolic steroids according to Dr. Wilbur’s indictment. It is believed that CNA faxed prescriptions to Dr. Wilbur who signed and returned them; Dr. Wilbur was paid $50 per steroid prescription by CNA. Gene Bolton and Monday Miller of CNA pleaded guilty to felony steroid distribution charges in the State of New York in April 2007. They are currently facing federal steroid conspiracy and distribution and money laundering charges after being indicted in Texas court last month.

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began their investigation of Dr. David Wilbur when his name was uncovered on numerous steroid and human growth hormone prescriptions during a 2001 plot to steal 6,000 vials of Saizen human growth hormone from Cactus Pharmacy in Phoenix orchestrated by Troy Langdon, the pharmacy manager, and his friend Sean Southland. David Wilbur had no involvement in the HGH plot; Dr. Wilbur’s arrangement with the pharmacy allowed him to receive 25 percent of the profits from each prescription he wrote for Cactus Pharmacy.

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