ORANGE BEACH — A personal trainer in Orange Beach was formally indicted July 30 for charges related to importing and distributing anabolic steroids.In his arraignment Aug. 5, Thomas Daniel (Danny) Williams pleaded not guilty to 17 charges despite the FBI’s claim that he initially admitted to at least some of those charges in an initial investigation.
Williams is accused of smuggling human growth hormone and several other steroids into the U.S. from overseas and distributing them in the Orange Beach area.
In addition to those charges, the federal government is also alleging Williams laundered money during the process, and also distributed other narcotics like cocaine.
Based on the affidavit of a special agent of the FBI, Lagniappe reported in July that Williams had admitted to selling cocaine and importing and distributing anabolic steroids.At the time, even Williams’ defense attorney, Domingo Soto, told Lagniappe Williams had “pretty much admitted what he’s done,” with regard to the distribution of steroids. However, Soto vehemently denied the allegations related to international money laundering.
Based on the penalty sheet released with his indictment, the most serious charges could carry a possible sentence of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million upon conviction.
Documents released after Williams’ arraignment show a trial is expected sometime in October, commencing with jury selection tentatively set for Oct. 5. However, that date is subject to change based on the schedule of the presiding judge. A firm date for jury selection will be finalized no later than Sept. 30.
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