NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A former Newtown police sergeant has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for his part in a ring that was responsible for manufacturing and distributing steroids.
Steven Santucci, 40, of Waterbury, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 16 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for manufacturing and distributing steroids, said Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
Chatigny also ordered Santucci to serve six months of home confinement and perform 120 hours of community service while on supervised release, and pay a $5,000 fine.
Santucci was busted following a long-term investigation led by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations that revealed the former Newtown police sergeant and others were receiving shipments of steroid ingredients from China and manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids, according to court documents.
The investigation also revealed that certain members of the conspiracy were distributing prescription pills, including oxycodone, as well as cocaine.
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, and to purchase drug packaging materials from domestic companies, the documents show.
Also, between April 2011 and November 2014, he charged more than $300,000 on two personal credit credits, including more than $100,000 to pay for luxury vacations.
The former sergeant was arrested on April 29, 2015. On Dec. 9, 2015, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
Santucci, who is currently free on $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on Oct. 10.
The case is being investigated by the FBI, DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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