Ex-troopers face steroid charges

2009-09-10T00:00:00Z Ex-troopers face steroid chargesJOSHUA WOLFSON Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
September 10, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Natrona County prosecutors filed steroid possession charges Wednesday against three former Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers.

Authorities say Devan Henderson and Franklin Ryle Jr. smuggled steroids from Mexico to Wyoming in a vanilla bottle, while Adam Longo allegedly purchased them at a Casper gym. Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation learned about the allegations earlier this year while investigating Ryle for kidnapping a Wal-Mart truck driver.

Ryle, who is in jail while awaiting sentencing in the federal kidnapping case, is accused of possessing the anabolic steroid Cypiogen. The 42-year-old Douglas resident is also charged with conspiracy.

Henderson, 34, and Longo, 28, each face a single count of possessing anabolic steroids. The two had worked as Casper-based troopers but cut ties with the agency last month.

Their attorneys did not respond to messages.

Both men appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday, when a judge ruled they could be released on personal recognizance bonds. They are expected to return to court within a month for preliminary hearings.

The charges come roughly a month after District Attorney Michael Blonigen confirmed that his office was reviewing a state investigation concerning Henderson and Longo.

In mid-January, investigators discovered text messages Ryle sent to Henderson asking him to remove vials and a syringe from his desk, according to a DCI agent's affidavit that was filed along with the charges. Ryle referred to the items as "juice."

Authorities searched Ryle's desk in Douglas and found two vials containing almost 13 grams of Cypiogen. They also found a syringe and 11 needles.

Ryle admitted the steroids were his, authorities say. He also claimed to have used them during the past two years.

Two days after authorities discovered the vials, Henderson met with agents and told them he and Ryle had legally purchased the steroid Sustanon in roughly 20 pre-loaded syringes while vacationing in Mexico in April 2004. The men brought the substance back to Wyoming in an empty vanilla bottle in Ryle's suitcase, according to the affidavit.

While the investigation was proceeding, Longo told Highway Patrol officials he had also used steroids over an 18-month period ending in October 2008, the affidavit indicates. He admitted to buying three vials of steroids at a Casper gym, giving one to Ryle and keeping the remaining amount for himself.

In a May interview with agents, Longo said he and Ryle met at the Brooks/Hat Six Road Truck Stop in Casper on two different occasions to divide up the steroids.

Ryle has already pleaded guilty to a federal civil-rights charge in connection to his unlawful arrest of a Wal-Mart truck driver in January near Douglas. The former trooper planned to kill the trucker and stage a crash with his patrol vehicle in order to collect a settlement from the business.

He eventually released the trucker unharmed.

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