State Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Illegally Distributing Steroids

Correction (March 15, 3:13 p.m.): A previous version of the story mistakenly said the steroids were found at the correctional officer's home. The U.S. Attorney's Office said they were found at "an individual's residence in Hamden." See the full release here.

A correctional officer with the Connecticut Department of Correction has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and officials said he sold some of them to coworkers.

The Statewide Narcotics Task Force West searched a Hamden home and seized around 25,000 pills and 530 vials of anabolic steroids, according to the office of John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

When authorities went through that person's phone, they found several text messages with 33-year-old Nicholas Aurora Jr., of Hamden about the purchase and redistribution of steroids, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which revealed that Aurora was buying steroids from a supplier every two weeks, using some of them and selling some to coworkers.

Aurora waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

He was released on a $50,000 bond, pending sentencing. No date has been set for sentencing.

NBC Connecticut reached out to the state Department of Correction, but the department has not responded.

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