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District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ansonia Man Involved in Steroids and Prescription Pill Distribution Conspiracy is Sentenced

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEFFREY GENTILE, 35, of Ansonia, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to three years of probation for his role in a steroids and prescription pill distribution conspiracy. Judge Chatigny also ordered GENTILE to perform 150 hours of community service.

According to court documents and statements made in court, a long-term investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations revealed that Steven Santucci, a former Newtown Police sergeant, and others were receiving shipments of steroid ingredients from China and manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids. Certain members of the conspiracy also distributed prescription pills, including oxycodone, as well as cocaine.

The investigation revealed that Alex Kenyhercz, of Ansonia, purchased anabolic steroids from Santucci and distributed them to others. GENTILE obtained steroids from Kenyhercz by paying him, in part, with Adderall, which is an amphetamine.

At the time of this offense, Gentile was a Connecticut Juvenile Detention Officer.

GENTILE was arrested on April 29, 2015. On October 5, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of using a telephone to facilitate the distribution of amphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Santucci and Kenyhercz pleaded guilty to related charges. On August 25, 2016, Santucci was sentenced to 16 months of imprisonment, six months of home confinement, 120 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Kenyhercz awaits sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, 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.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rahul Kale and Robert M. Spector.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
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Updated September 7, 2017