BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- A 46-year-old former Norwalk police dispatcher has been sentenced for his role in an illegal steroid ring, according to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Jason Chickos, of Bridgeport, who had been a civilian dispatcher for the Newtown Police Department, was given two years of probation and 120 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on Monday, Jan. 11.
Chickos pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
Another member of the ring, Alex Kenyhercz, 29, of Ansonia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in federal court in Hartford, Daly ssaid. He is scheduled to be sentenced in April and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, Daly said.
According to court records, former Newtown police Sgt. Steven Santucci, and others, received shipments of steroid ingredients from China and then made and distributed large quantities of steroids.
An investigation also revealed that certain members of the ring were distributing prescription pills as well as cocaine, Daly said.
Santucci pleaded guilty in December to steroid distribution and money laundering. He has yet to be sentenced.
According to court records, Chickos and Kenyhercz bought anabolic steroids from Santucci and distributed them to others, Daly said. Kenyhercz also illegally distributed prescription medicine, including Roxicodone, Oxycodone, Suboxone, and Opana, Daly said.
During the investigation, Daly said, authorities seized raw testosterone powder, powdered cocaine, and four long guns.
The case was investigated by the FBI, DEA, and Homeland Security with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Robert M. Spector.
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