Former Newtown Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Selling Illegal Steroids, Drugs - NECN

Former Newtown Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Selling Illegal Steroids, Drugs

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    Former Newtown Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Selling Illegal Steroids, Drugs

    A former Newtown police sergeant arrested on federal charges for selling steroids and prescription drugs pleaded guilty, police said on Wednesday. 

    Steven Santucci, 39, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, Newtown police said. 

    In April, the ex-police sergeant, a civilian dispatcher and a shift supervisor were among eight people arrested as part of an "Operation Juice Box" investigation, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

    Federal prosecutors said Santucci had been receiving illegal shipments of the ingredients from China since 2011. 

    Santucci used over $120,000 from selling the illegal drugs and wired payments to foreign sellers of ingredients to make the steroids and to buy packaging materials from companies in the U.S. 

    The Newtown Police Department said Santucci was hired in 2000 as a probationary police officer and promoted to sergeant in January 2012.