A man embroiled in the Major League Baseball steroid scandal and two Boca Raton business owners are facing federal drug charges after officials said they manufactured and sold counterfeit Xanax, steroids and Viagra.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged Frank Fiore, 59; Gary Lee Jones, 55, and Anthony Carbone, 32, on Tuesday with conspiracy to posses a controlled substance with intent to sell.
A federal complaint detailed the movie-like tale of the three men who allegedly sold drugs, guns and counterfeit money to undercover agents. Jones is the man who infamously signed an affidavit alleging he sold MLB officials the documents that implicated multiple players — including Alex Rodriguez — in steroid use.
Fiore is the owner of Havana Nights Cigar Bar & Lounge, 514 Via De Palmas in Boca, and Carbone is the owner of Boca Tanning, 2521 N. Federal Highway.
Agents first came into contact with the trio in January, when they said Fiore struck a deal for agents to buy a sample size of counterfeit Xanax. He told them Jones was his manufacturer, and that they could sell him bulk amounts of pills, including Cialis, Xanax and Viagra, according to the complaint.
Jones also offered to sell the undercover agents an AK-47 that was stored at the cigar bar underneath pieces of insulation, according to the complaint. They bought it for $1,000, officials said.
The agents and the trio exchanged thousands of dollars for thousands of counterfeit pills, officials said. Agents would agree to meet up with Fiore or Carbone and Jones would supply, according to the complaint. Eventually, Fiore told agents he could also provide them with different types of steroids, and Jones offered to sell them marijuana, officials said.
In April, agents said, Fiore asked one of the agents whether he could "take care" of someone with the AK-47 he had purchased from Jones. When the agent asked him to clarify whether he wanted the person dead or alive, Fiore told him he would have to check with his wife. According to the complaint, Fiore told the agent he would point out who the person was at the Havana Nights' opening party in July.
He later asked the agent to beat up his brother-in-law to "send him a message," according to the complaint. He requested the agent not kill him, but to "beat him up pretty good" and to "break his leg," according to the complaint.
In May, Carbone said he wanted to separate himself from Jones and Fiore. He told the agent that he heard one of his buyers was working with the federal government and was worried the trio would be caught, according to the complaint. The agent continued to buy from Carbone, mostly outside of his tanning business, officials said.
The three were arrested earlier this month. All three face charges for possession and intent to sell drugs. Jones faces an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
If convicted, Fiore and Carbone face 220 years in prison and Jones faces 90 years in prison.
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