NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Former Newtown police Sgt. Steven Santucci pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a steroid manufacturing and conspiracy ring.
Deirdre Daly, U.S. attorney for Connecticut, said Santucci, 39, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty in Hartford federal court to conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
A long-term investigation led by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations found that Santucci and others were receiving shipments of steroid ingredients from China and manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids, according to court documents and statements made in court.
The investigation also revealed certain members of the conspiracy were distributing prescription pills, including oxycodone, as well as cocaine, Daly said.
Daly said Santucci used more than $120,000 in proceeds from the sale of anabolic steroids to wire payments to foreign sellers of ingredients to make liquid anabolic steroids, as well as to purchase drug packaging materials from domestic companies.
Santucci was arrested April 29 and has been free on $100,000 bond. The Newtown Police Department said he was hired in 2000 as a probationary police officer and was promoted to sergeant in January 2012.
Twelve individuals were charged as a result of the investigation and officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids, 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, more than 350 grams of powder cocaine and four long guns, Daly said.
Santucci is scheduled to be sentenced March 3 by U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny, at which time he faces a maximum term of 30 years in prison.
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