Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel Named as Steroid Customers by an Imprisoned Drug Dealer
One alleged drug dealer's jailhouse interview could get Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel in serious trouble. The two men, along with WWE star Roman Reigns, were named as clients by Robert Rodriguez, a man who is under investigation by the DEA and faces charges for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and money laundering after his Miami-based Wellness Fitness Nutrition LLC (WFN) was raided. He plans to reveal proof and details in a new documentary, of which he says "In the end I'm just trying to clear my name and just make people well aware that there's a lot more people out there that were involved and are associated with my company that many do not know."
"One in particular is a very famous wrestler by the name of Roman Reigns," explained the owner of the alleged $10 million drug ring. "He was originally introduced to me by one of the informants. Another individual is a guy by the name of Josh Duhamel, he's been in a lot of high-profile movies, he's also known as the former husband of Fergie. I've worked with a lot of A-list celebrities."
Robert also mentions Mark and says, "he's interesting because a lot of the things that we revolved around, protocols, were more for movie preparation. It was funny because he would get creative with ways in which we would ship the products to certain countries where he can receive the products, but not under his name, but under aliases like a doctor's name or a female's name." Robert claims that he cut things off with Mark because, "We, unfortunately, had to be very accommodating. He was a good person but it started to get more in depth, our relationship, he started to get a little bit more demanding so I decided to sever my ties."
So, if this is found to be true, what does it mean for the actors? The DEA explains on their website that "The Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 placed anabolic steroids into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as of February 27, 1991. The possession or sale of anabolic steroids without a valid prescription is illegal. Simple possession of illicitly obtained anabolic steroids carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if this is an individual’s first drug offense. If this is the second felony drug offense, the maximum period of imprisonment and the maximum fine both double."
With good lawyers, Josh and Mark would likely just pay a fine, if they get in trouble at all. However, the punishment could be more dire for Roman, who is an athlete in an industry where performance-enhancing drugs are forbidden. If caught, Roman could get banned from his career. So far, none of the accused have commented on the situation.