IFBB pro bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman may have raised a few eyebrows and more than a few questions about steroid use when he was an officer sporting a 5 XXL uniform at the Arlington Police Department, but it wasn’t until Thomas Kantzos came along that the shit really hit the fan.
Kantzos was a 17-year veteran with the Arlington Police Department (APD) who had been a regular steroid user during much of that time. Kantzos wasn’t as ambitious as Newton Police Detective Steven Santucci who operated his own underground steroid laboratory (UGL) and lived the extravagant lifestyle of a drug kingpin. Nor was Kantzos as greedy as former Philadelphia Police detective Keith Gidelson who became a top domestic reseller for the UGL that went by the name of Sciroxx. However, Santucci and Gidelson had nothing on Kantzos when it came to top honors as a dirty cop.
Kantzos was a steroid user for over 10 years and he was happy to spread the joy to his fellow Arlington Police officers. He hooked up his buddies at the APD with any steroids they needed. Kantzos would sometimes purchase extra steroids and sell the extras to other cops. Sometimes, Kantzos would simply introduce the cops to his personal steroid dealer.
Kantzos’ steroid dealer must have felt like the luckiest man in the world. All the local cops were looking for him. But thanks to Kantzos, they weren’t interested in arresting him. They simply wanted to buy some steroids for themselves. And when Kantzos was forced to choose sides between supporting the men in blue and his loyalty to his personal steroid dealer, Kantzos went to bat for his dealer.
What did Kantzos do? He alerted his steroid dealer to an active criminal investigation into the dealer’s activities. At his dealer’s request, Kantzos confirmed that there were cops conducting undercover surveillance on him and his house. Kantzos used authority to access Texas Crime Information Center (TCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) databases in order to determine the identity of the person who owned an unmarked car outside of his dealer’s house. Of course, blowing the cover of an undercover cop jeopardized the investigation and could have even compromised the life of the undercover officer.
When it came time to file charges against Kantzos, the prosecutors didn’t even bother to charge Kantzos with steroid possession and/or steroid distribution. Prosecutors were most troubled by the fact that Kantzos blew the cover of an undercover cop thereby putting his life in danger. As a result, Kantzos was charged with one count of exceeding authorized access to a protected computer.
Kantzos pleaded guilty in October 2013 to exceeding access to a protected computer. He faced up to five years in prison but thanks to leniency from U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn, he was only sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
The United States certainly has its fair share of cops who moonlight as steroid dealers, but corruption involving steroid-using cops takes place around the world.
The Complete Series: When Your Local Cops Are Steroid Dealers
- Part 1 – The Newton Police Department
- Part 2 – The Philadelphia Police Department
- Part 3 – The Arlington Police Department
- Part 4 – The West Yorkshire Police Department
- Part 5 – The Niagara Regional Police Service
- Part 6 – The West Palm Beach Police Department
- Part 7 – The Boston Police Department
- Part 8 – The King County Sheriff’s Office
- Part 9 – The Secaucus Police Department
- Part 10 – The Edmonton Police Service
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Krause, K. (February 12, 2014). Ex-officer sentenced to year in prison in steroids case. Retrieved from http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/02/ex-officer-sentenced-to-year-in-prison-in-steroids-case.html/