A former Newtown civilian police dispatcher pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to being involved in operation of manufacturing and distributing steroids, according to Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for 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 Daly. He was arrested April 29.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations have been investigating a conspiracy for a long time in which steroid ingredients are 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. At least one of the people suspected of being involved is a law enforcement officer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Some people involved in the drug operation were also distributing prescription pills, oxycodone and cocaine, according to Daly.
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.
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.
Chickos is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11, 2016 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
He was released from custody on a $100,000 bond.
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.