A former Newtown civilian police dispatcher was sentenced to two years of probation on Monday in federal court for manufacturing and distributing steroids, according to U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut.
Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, was working as a civilian dispatcher for the Newtown Police Department when he bought anabolic steroids from someone involved in a major steroid operation and distributed the drugs to other people, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He was arrested April 29, 2015.
Chickos pleaded guilty to buying steroids from another person in involved in the drug operation and distributing them, the office of the U.S. attorney said. He was a Newtown police dispatcher at the time.
Another man involved, Alex Kenyhercz, 29, of Ansonia, pleaded guilty to his connection in the conspiracy in Hartford court on Monday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations found that steroid ingredients were shipped from China to individuals in the U.S., used to make steroids and then distributed in wholesale quantities, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Some people involved in the drug operation were also distributing prescription pills, oxycodone and cocaine, federal prosecutors said.
Investigators seized hundreds of vials of steroids, about 600 grams of testosterone powder, about 350 grams of powder cocaine and four long guns in the investigation.
The FBI, DEA and Homeland Security Investigations are investigating with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Robert M. Spector are prosecuting the case.