- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2009

A Florida man who claims to have sold steroids to members of the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals could face federal charges in connection with the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of the illegal drugs, state law enforcement officials said.

Detectives from Polk County and agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are expected to meet Friday with federal attorneys in Florida to discuss the case of Richard “Andy” Thomas, who was arrested Tuesday with his wife, Sandra, and charged locally with 21 counts of possessing and importing steroids.

R. Andy Thomas, as he is referred to in court documents, made his first appearance in court Thursday and will remain in jail until he can post $425,000 bond. Sandra Thomas was freed on bond Wednesday night.

R. Andy Thomas did not elaborate Thursday on claims to detectives that he sold steroids to members of the Nationals and Capitals. He has yet to reveal whether he is being represented by an attorney, but he has not been provided a public defender.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida confirmed that federal officials are reviewing the case but declined to say whether charges would be filed.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer said detectives are continuing to examine evidence collected at the Thomases’ house in Lakeland, Fla., where they seized nearly $200,000 in anabolic steroids, testosterone and related paraphernalia along with several weapons and the couple’s computer.

R. Andy Thomas, who boasted to detectives that he was one of the largest steroid dealers in central Florida, claimed to have sold to athletes in every professional league but named only the Nationals and Capitals. He did not name specific players, and law enforcement officials said they have no evidence to back up his claims.

Major League Baseball’s investigative unit is looking into the claims, and NHL and Capitals officials have said they have no reason to believe any of their players purchased steroids from Thomas.

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