Arlington, Texas, Police Officer Charged With Unlawfully Providing Law Enforcement Sensitive Information To A Known Drug Dealer
Defendant Allegedly Involved in Anabolic Steroids Distribution Investigation
DALLAS — Thomas S. Kantzos, 45, of Fort Worth, Texas, an officer with the Arlington Police Department (APD), was arrested last night on a federal criminal complaint charging him with unlawfully providing law enforcement sensitive information by exceeding authorized access to a protected computer. He will make his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon, at 2:00 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Paul D. Stickney. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, a particular individual (witness), who was arrested in January 2013 for distributing anabolic steroids, a Scheduled III controlled substance, admitted to routinely using and distributing anabolic steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) during the last 13 years. This witness also admitted that during the last five or six years, he directly and regularly provided anabolic steroids and HGH to Kantzos, whom he knew to be an officer with the APD. In fact, on at least one occasion, this witness delivered approximately 20 HGH kits to Kantzos while Kantzos was on duty, wearing an APD uniform and driving a marked APD patrol car.
The affidavit further notes that on multiple occasions, Kantzos solicited anabolic steroids from this witness for himself and for others, including friends and colleagues in the APD. Kantzos allegedly collected money from the other individuals before he obtained the steroids, but on some occasions, he “fronted” the money for the purchases. According to the affidavit, most of the anabolic steroids and HGH he obtained from this witness were provided to other officers of the APD. Also, Kantzos allegedly put this witness in contact with two other APD officers so that they could obtain anabolic steroids directly.
Kantzos was authorized to access law enforcement information obtained through the Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and he received specialized training on the authorized uses of the information, as well as the potential penalties for the misuse of such information. Personal use of such information, including releasing information to members of the general public, is not authorized and violates APD policy.
On several occasions, according to the affidavit, this witness, who indicated he was concerned that police might be watching his activities, asked Kantzos to query a name or a license plate using a law enforcement database. On several occasions, Kantzos did this, or had someone else do it for him, and then provided the obtained sensitive information to the witness. In fact, on one occasion in December 2011, Kantzos provided the name of a person who was known to be a law enforcement officer, and based on that information, the witness inspected his/her vehicle and discovered a tracking device attached to it. The investigation revealed that this witness immediately began “laying low” for several weeks. During that time, however, the witness and Kantzos talked about the tracking device and the police surveillance of the witness.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. Kantzos is charged with exceeding authorized access to a protected computer. That offense, as charged, carries a maximum statutory penalty 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, per count.
The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Penley and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay are in charge of the prosecution.