Instagram influencer, pro bodybuilder arrested in steroid case in Palm City – TCPalm

MARTIN COUNTY — A woman identified as a professional fitness figure and “digital influencer” from Canada was arrested after sheriff’s officials reported linking her to a package from Canada with several anabolic steroid type medications, according to recently-released records.

Melissa Kate Bumstead, 30, was arrested Friday after Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigators said she was listed as an “importer” of the drugs from a shipper in Montreal, Quebec. She was arrested on six felony counts of possession of controlled substance without a prescription. 

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Bumstead is listed as an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Figure Pro athlete. Her Instagram profile has 103,000 followers. She also offers a variety of coaching packages on her website, ranging from $350 to $4,000.

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The case began at least as early as Sept. 1 when a package in Memphis, Tennessee, got “selected for an extensive exam” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The package, addressed to Bumstead at an address in the 5400 block of Southwest Landing Creek Drive in Palm City, was determined to contain steroids and other prescription medication, records show.

A Homeland Security Investigations agent on Sept. 8 contacted Martin sheriff’s officials and investigators ultimately learned anabolic steriod-type drugs, including testosterone propionate, drostanolone propionate and oxandrolone were in the package.

A detective covertly delivered the package to the Southwest Landing Creek Drive address, and officials said evidence on Bumstead’s hands indicated she opened it.

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Investigators linked the home to where the package was addressed to a limited liability company, the registered agent of which is Christopher A Bumstead. That’s the name of Melissa Bumstead’s brother, according to social media information in an arrest affidavit.

Melissa Bumstead has participated in a variety of contests as early as 2015, according to

Melissa Bumstead was released Sept. 11 from the Martin County Jail, according to a jail official. The bond amount was not available.

A person who answered a phone number listed for Melissa Bumstead on an arrest report declined comment Tuesday. 

No attorney is listed for her in Martin clerk’s records.

Will Greenlee is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm. Follow Will on Twitter @OffTheBeatTweet or reach him by phone at 772-692-8936. E-mail him at

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