- The influencer and bodybuilder was arrested after investigators said she had received a package of steroids.
- Melissa Kate Bumstead has over 105,000 Instagram followers where she posts fitness content.
- Bumstead was arrested Friday and charged with possession of controlled substances on six counts.
The Canadian Instagram authority and bodybuilder was charged with six felonies involving possession of a controlled substance without a prescription after police said they tied it to a package containing steroids, court documents show.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Team in Florida said Melissa Keith Bumstead possessed six different controlled substances, including anabolic steroid drugs, testosterone propionate and drostanolone propionate. arrest under oath verified by Insider.
Bumstead is a 30-year-old professional bodybuilder who shares bodybuilding content under the name Melissa Wallier and Pen. @melissabum on Instagram, where she has over 105,000 followers and her posts regularly receive over 10,000 likes.
Investigators said that in addition to testosterone and drostanolone, Bumsted had the anabolic steroids trenbolone acetate, oxandrolone, mesterolone, and stanozolol, according to an arrest sworn statement filed by the Florida attorney’s office.
Bumstead took first place in the 2018 Tampa Pro Figure Competition and came in second in the 2018 Los Angeles Pro Figure Competition, according to her sports history profile on the bodybuilding website. Arnold Sports Festival… In 2015, she took first place in the “Drawing” category in Canadian Bodybuilding Federation National Championships…
The athlete was arrested Friday in Palm City, Florida, after investigators from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a home they believe belongs to CBUM Holdings Account LLC. According to affidavits, Bumstead’s brother, Christopher Bumstead, is a registered agent of the holding company.
Christopher, who has over 3.5 million followers on Instagram, is also a professional bodybuilder and a two-time winner Bodybuilding Competition Classic Physique Olympia… Christopher did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The investigation began on September 1 when a package in Memphis, Tennessee, in the process of being shipped from Montreal, Canada to Palm City, was “selected for scrutiny” by US Customs and Border Protection, according to affidavits. … Officials said they found vials and packages of steroids and other prescription drugs in a package addressed to Melissa.
A National Security Investigation Officer told the Martin County Special Investigations Department of the package last Wednesday, the affidavit said, and on Thursday Martin County officers began investigating the package and Melissa.
On Friday, the detective “secretly delivered” the package to the intended delivery address, with a tracking device installed inside the package so that alerts would be sent when someone opened it, according to the affidavit. While executing a search warrant, investigators found evidence in Melissa’s arms that she had opened the package, the affidavit said.
Melissa was sent to Martin County Jail Friday on $ 30,000 bail, a spokeswoman for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office told Insider. She was released on Saturday, according to a local newspaper. TCPalm… It was not immediately clear when she should appear before the court.
Melissa has since shared two Instagram posts this week, as well as several Instagram stories on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Melissa did not respond to a request for comment.
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