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Jan 31, 2014 4:52 AM by AP

La. man pleads guilty in plot to import steroids

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Jennings man has pleaded guilty to plotting to illegally import and distribute anabolic steroids.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Christopher Paul Benoit faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday to a conspiracy charge. His sentencing by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi is set for May 8.

Prosecutors say Benoit plotted with others to order steroids online and import them by mail between January 2007 and June 2012. His indictment listed five such orders delivered from China to Jennings.

A cousin - 26-year-old Regan Chase Benoit, of Jennings - pleaded guilty to related charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 27.

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