Alain Lamontagne, 55, of Middletown, N.Y., pleaded guilty last week in federal court to two counts of introducing misbranded animal drugs into commerce. Lamontagne, who was arrested in 2011 on similar charges, had his driver/trainer/tradesperson license revoked in Ontario after police searched his vehicles, a residence, and a business called “#1 Tack Shop.”
According to court documents, Lamontagne sold substances purported to be equine supplements via EquineSolution.com and sold an injectable product called “Thrust” to Robert Ekey, an undercover agent of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations. Ekey was posing as a trainer based in Maine. Upon receiving the product, Ekey had it tested and learned it contained the anabolic steroid stanozolol, although it was not labeled as such.
An affidavit from Ekey also indicates Lamontagne was receiving equine drugs from a third party and changing their labeling to make it appear as though they originated from Trutina Pharmacy in Ontario, though his investigation concluded those labels were false.
Lamontagne was also arrested by U.S. border patrol agents earlier this year after he was seen entering the country on foot in New York without being inspected by immigration officials.
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