Former Newtown Police Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Manufacturing and Distributing Steroids
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that STEVEN SANTUCCI, 40, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 16 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for manufacturing and distributing steroids. Judge 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.
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 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 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. Also, between April 2011 and November 2014, SANTUCCI charged more than $300,000 on two personal credit credits, including more than $100,000 to pay for various luxury vacations.
SANTUCCI was arrested on April 29, 2015. On December 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 released on a $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on October 10.
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.