Axis Labs Charged with Mail Fraud for Selling Steroids in “Monster Caps”

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Colorado-based Axis Labs was charged with one criminal count of “mail fraud and aiding and abetting” related to their manufacture and distribution of the product “Monster Caps”. Axis Labs is accused of marketing the products, containing illegal synthetic designer steroids, in a manner showing they intended the product to affect the structure and function of the human body. This made “Monster Caps” an unapproved new drug product subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration according to prosecutors.

The company literature promised users of “Monster Caps” that they could “not only increase overall muscle size and strength, but also enhance endurance while cutting body fat and excess water weight.”

“Monster Caps” consisted of a cocktail of three popular steroid products that have been sold individually as dietary supplements by several U.S. sports nutrition companies over the past few years. “Monster Caps” was essentially a stack of Superdrol, Halodrol and Madol (desoxymethyltestosterone or DMT).

Contrary to assertions by Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh, the steroid ingredients were listed on the label using the chemical names of the ingredients:

  • 4-chloro-17a-methyl-etioallocholan-1,4-diene-3,17-diol
  • 13-ethyl-3-methoxy-gona-2,5(10)-diene-17-one
  • 2a,17a-di-methyl-etiocholan-3-one,17b-ol

“It is critically important that consumers know the contents of what they are consuming,” said Walsh. “In this case, the product contained synthetic anabolic steroids, and because of its potential for harm, it was a prescription drug that could only be dispensed pursuant to a valid prescription.”

Walsh seems to think consumers were not aware of the steroid ingredients in the product. This is a product that many bodybuilders chose to avoid due to the combination of ingredients that individually had a higher side effect profile than popular illegal anabolic steroids such as Anavar, Winstrol or Primobolan.

Superdrol, Halodrol and Madol are not FDA-approved prescription drugs and cannot be obtained with a doctor’s prescription regardless of what Walsh seems to suggest in his press statement.

The company faces a $500,000 fine if convicted on mail fraud.


Avery, G. (September 8, 2011). Colorado firm accused of mail-order steroid sales. Retrieved from v