WILKES-BARRE —A Nanticoke man who served two years in federal prison for operating a drug ring that distributed steroids and ecstasy in 2007 is returning to federal prison for a longer time.
U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo on Tuesday sentenced Peter Sepling, 43, of East Grand Street, to eight years, six months in prison for importing the club drug Gamma Butyrolactone, or GBL, from China in April 2011.
Sepling, who faced up to 20 years in prison, was sentenced for purchasing three kilos of GBL that he ordered under a bogus name and had it delivered to the residence of John Nikoloff in West Wyoming. Nikoloff was sentenced in November to two years probation.
During Tuesday’s court proceeding, Sepling’s attorney, Joseph Nahas, said Sepling was rearrested in January for ordering methylone, a controlled substance since 2011, from a source in China.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Houser said investigators learned from a concealed recording device worn by a confidential informant that Sepling earned $30,000, his share of profits for ordering methylone for another man who has not been charged.
By his own admission, Sepling said he “wasted” the money on women, booze and drugs.
“I was a mess,” Sepling said. “It’s embarrassing what I was doing. All the money I made on this, I spent on girls. I need to be in prison to break these things.”
Sepling, a former bodybuilder, spoke for more than 10 minutes describing how he felt alone after his father died in March 2013, drinking 20 shots of liquor and consuming a large amount of beer each day to help him sleep. On weekends, Sepling said he would party with girls he would call and invite to his house to consume more alcohol and drugs.
“I started calling bad girls over on the weekends,” Sepling said. “I’m a nice guy. I’m even a nice guy when I’m high.”
Sepling, who stands 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 260 pounds, said he was addicted to food, drugs and alcohol. At one point, Sepling stopped himself after saying he was embarrassed for having, “unprotected sex.”
“Whatever I get, I deserve,” Sepling said, noting he probably would be dead in a year if he continued his party lifestyle.
Although he wasn’t charged with ordering methylone, the offense was used toward his sentence on ordering GBL, a club drug that has less impact than ecstasy. He pleaded guilty to the federal charge in October.
Sepling said he never distributed GBL to other people, and used it himself “as a bodybuilding thing.”
In 2007, Sepling pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute ketamine, a tranquilizer that is a popular “club drug.” Authorities said Sepling obtained large quantities of the drug from a source in India.