Prison time for former cop

A former Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer has been ordered to serve six months in fed­er­al pris­on for his role in a multi-state ster­oid dis­tri­bu­tion ring or­ches­trated by a former po­lice col­league.

Joseph McIntyre, 38, pleaded guilty last Au­gust to con­spir­acy, pos­sess­ing ana­bol­ic ster­oids with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and re­lated of­fenses. On Jan. 29, U.S. Dis­trict Court Judge Paul S. Dia­mond sen­tenced McIntyre to the six-month pris­on term, fol­lowed by three years of su­per­vised re­lease, as well as a $10,000 fine.

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, McIntyre routinely bought ster­oids from former po­lice De­tect­ive  Keith Gidel­son and re­dis­trib­uted the per­form­ance-en­han­cing drugs to his own cus­tom­ers. Gidel­son ob­tained the ster­oids from over­seas and had them shipped to Phil­adelphia dir­ectly or via con­tacts in Cali­for­nia, au­thor­it­ies said. Both men were act­ive duty cops at the time of the crim­in­al activ­ity but were later fired from the po­lice force.

In­vest­ig­at­ors in­ter­cep­ted tele­phone calls and text mes­sages between the men in which they dis­cussed ac­quir­ing spe­cif­ic types of ster­oids from Gidel­son’s sup­pli­ers for use by McIntyre’s cus­tom­ers, au­thor­it­ies said.

Gidel­son pleaded guilty in Oc­to­ber to his role in the con­spir­acy and was sen­tenced last month to serve four years in pris­on. ••

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