Former cop pleads guilty in steroids case


A former Phil­adelphia po­lice de­tect­ive pleaded guilty yes­ter­day to 17 felony charges for or­ches­trat­ing a North­east-based ana­bol­ic ster­oids and hu­man growth hor­mone dis­tri­bu­tion ring.

Keith Gidel­son, 36, of Mod­ena Park, faces a max­im­um pos­sible sen­tence of 10 years in fed­er­al pris­on, a life­time of su­per­vised re­lease and a $500,000 fine for each of 16 counts of pos­ses­sion of ana­bol­ic ster­oids with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, along with a single con­spir­acy count.

In ex­change for his plea, au­thor­it­ies agreed to drop a fire­arms charge. A sen­ten­cing date was not an­nounced.

Gidel­son was ar­res­ted in May 2011 after a grand jury ac­cused him of dis­trib­ut­ing the con­trolled sub­stances at area fit­ness clubs and the homes of al­leged cus­tom­ers from Septem­ber 2009 through April 2011. Au­thor­it­ies de­scribed Gidel­son as the ringlead­er who ob­tained the sub­stances via ship­ments from China and Europe. Gidel­son also dis­trib­uted the sub­stances via e-mail and Web-based con­tacts.

Gidel­son was fired soon after his ar­rest. He was a 14-year po­lice vet­er­an as­signed to the de­part­ment’s safety of­fice. ••


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