Former cop pleads guilty in steroids case

A former Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer and North­east res­id­ent pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to fed­er­al felony charges in con­nec­tion with an il­leg­al ana­bol­ic ster­oids dis­tri­bu­tion ring.

Joseph McIntyre, 36, of the 3300 block of At­more Road in Park­wood, was one of 15 people, in­clud­ing three po­lice of­ficers, in­dicted in May in con­nec­tion with the al­leged drug con­spir­acy. 

Ex-De­tect­ive Keith Gidel­son and ex-Of­ficer George Sam­buca have pleaded not guilty in the case, and five ci­vil­ian de­fend­ants have pleaded guilty so far, ac­cord­ing to fed­er­al pro­sec­utors.

In the in­dict­ment, a grand jury al­leged that Gidel­son, who is 34 and was a 14-year Phil­adelphia po­lice vet­er­an, or­ches­trated the con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute tens of thou­sands of dol­lars worth of ster­oids and hu­man growth hor­mone (HGH) from Septem­ber 2009 through last May.

Gidel­son al­legedly ordered the con­trolled sub­stances il­leg­ally from sup­pli­ers in Europe and China and had them de­livered to a mail­box at a loc­al U.S. Postal Ser­vice store. Gidel­son re­ceived ship­ments val­ued at thou­sands of dol­lars monthly, au­thor­it­ies claim.

In turn, Gidel­son al­legedly sold the sub­stances to McIntyre and Sam­buca, who is 25 and was a two-year mem­ber of the po­lice force, along with 12 ci­vil­ians. The trans­ac­tions were ar­ranged via tele­phone and text mes­sage and were com­pleted at Gidel­son’s Mod­ena Park home, along with area fit­ness clubs, the in­dict­ment stated.

Some of Gidel­son’s cus­tom­ers al­legedly re-sold the drugs to third parties.

McIntyre pleaded guilty spe­cific­ally to charges of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute ana­bol­ic ster­oids and con­spir­acy. He faces up to 30 years in pris­on and a $1.5 mil­lion fine and is sched­uled for sen­ten­cing on Dec. 5.

At the time of their ar­rests, Gidel­son was as­signed to the po­lice de­part­ment’s safety of­fice, and McIntyre — a 14-year po­lice vet­er­an — was as­signed to the 26th dis­trict and Sam­buca to the 22nd dis­trict. All three were sus­pen­ded and then ter­min­ated by Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or

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