Police Sergeant and Dispatcher Arrested On Federal Charges
Newtown, Connecticut is now added to cities where staff on its police force have been charged with committing crimes.
(Eventually, all the bad might just be rooted out and we can build trust.)
The investigation was called “Operation Juice Box.” It involved a ring of people who received shipments of steroids from China, and also conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. It took almost 2 months and involved wire and electronic surveillance. Federal law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids, about 600 grams of raw testosterone powder, 350 grams of powder cocaine, and 4 long guns.
Sgt. Steven Santucci, 38, of the Newtown police department, allegedly received steroid shipments from China and had been doing so since 2011. He manufactured and distributed wholesale quantities of steroids.
Along with Santucci, others arrested include Jason Chickos, 46, a dispatcher with the Newtown police department, and Jeffrey Gentile, 33, a Judicial Marshal with the State of Connecticut. Five others were also arrested, including 2 charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
Sgt. Santucci resigned from his $81,540 a year job with the police department following his arrest. He had been on the force since 2000 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on January 1, 2012.
FBI Special Agent in Charge, Patricia Ferrick, said corruption always matters for the FBI.
“When law enforcement officers are involved in criminal activity, it brings a particular sense of urgency to the investigation. While disconcerting, this matter involving a Newtown Police Officer, a Connecticut Judicial Marshal, a Newtown Public Safety Dispatcher and others is not indicative of the fine work and dedication to public service exhibited by the vast majority of those individuals working within the criminal justice and law enforcement community. This ongoing investigation is being conducted in close collaboration between the FBI, the DEA, DHS, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Newtown Police Department.”