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Former Ohio state trooper, three others plead guilty in drug-trafficking ring

June 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Ohio state trooper, three others plead guilty in drug-trafficking ring

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Former State Highway Trooper Jason J. Delcol and three co-defendants entered guilty pleas last week in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio after being charged with offenses tied to a drug-trafficking enterprise in Delaware County.

Benjamin C. Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus, revealed the pleas — made before U.S. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King — in a press release. Delcol and his co-defendants Stevedore Crawford, Jr., Carlos Carvalho and Benjamin J. Owings were charged in February for the participation in the drug ring, which started last year.

The 43-year-old highway patrol trooper acquired testosterone, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from Owings, 37, and distributed them to Nicholas Glassburn, 47, a probe by the Delaware County Drug Task Force and the FBI indicated.

Delcol also received hydrocodone, oxycodone, and Xanax from Glassburn and provided the drugs to Owings, ABC13 reported.

All three defendants resided in the city of Delaware. Most of the transactions took place at Glassburn’s residence.

The case was launched in August 2017, when local authorities discovered Glassburn asleep at the wheel of a car.

The former Ohio trooper pleads guilty in a drug trafficking ring

A search of his vehicle revealed cocaine and crack cocaine. Glassburn told police that he had discovered the drugs in his child’s bedroom and contacted his friend, Delcol, who told him to destroy them or bring them to a police station. That turned out to be a lie that Delcol repeated when he was interviewed by investigators.

In February, officials searched Delcol’s residence and discovered a machine gun and silencer, neither of which were legally registered.

Delcol entered a guilty plea to one count each of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, tampering with witnesses, possession of an unregistered firearm and silencer.

He is facing up to 40 years behind bars on the conspiracy count, 20 years for tampering with witnesses, and an additional ten years for the weapons charges.

Jason J. Delcol had worked as a trooper since 2001 and had good reviews until 2012, when he was terminated for using illegal narcotics. He explained that he needed to take the narcotics for back pain, and he was given a second chance, but that came to an end in 2014, and he was fired once again.

Crawford is facing up to 80 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.

Carvalho faces up to 20 years money laundering and supplying Glassburn with the pot. He often went to Colorado to purchase pounds of marijuana at a time and ordered Glassburn to transfer the drug profits from Ohio to Colorado to further the drug-trafficking operation.

Owings pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and is facing 20 years behind bars.

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