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District of Connecticut

Monday, August 15, 2016

Derby Man Sentenced to Prison for Distributing Prescription Narcotics, Cocaine and Steroids

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FRANK PECORA, 55, of Derby, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing prescription narcotics, cocaine and steroids.

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.  The investigation also revealed that, in addition to steroids, PECORA and others were distributing prescription pills and cocaine.

PECORA was arrested on April 29, 2015.  On May 1, 2015, investigators searched his residence and seized numerous prescription narcotic pills, steroids, 350 grams of cocaine, two .308 caliber rifles and two 12 gauge shotguns.

On January 25, 2016, PECORA, a previously convicted felon, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.  In pleading guilty, also admitted that he unlawfully possessed firearms.

PECORA has been detained since his arrest.

On December 9, 2015, Santucci pleaded guilty steroid distribution and money laundering offenses.  He awaits sentencing.

This matter is being 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.

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated August 15, 2016