SHERMAN, Conn. -- A 32-year-old Sherman man was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation for his role in a steroid manufacturing and distribution ring, said Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny also ordered Michael D. Mase to spend his first three months of probation in home confinement, pay a $2,000 fine and perform 120 hours of community service.
Mase, a registered nurse and a competitive weightlifter, purchased anabolic steroids from former Newtown police Sgt. Steven Santucci and distributed them to athletes who competed in bodybuilding and weightlifting events, Daly said.
Mase was arrested April 29 and pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.
Law enforcement officers seized hundreds of vials of steroids and 600 grams of raw testosterone, as well as 350 grams of powder cocaine and four long guns, Daly said.
Santucci pleaded guilty Dec. 9 to steroid distribution and money laundering offenses and is awaiting sentencing.
According to court documents and court statements, a long-term investigation by the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security revealed Santucci and others received steroid ingredients from China and manufacturing and distributing wholesale quantities of steroids, Daly said. Members of the conspiracy also were involved in distributing cocaine, oxycodone and other prescription pills, Daly said.
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