Niagara cop gets jail term for steroid exports

A Buffalo judge has sentenced a 13-year veteran of the Niagara Regional Police for one year for exporting anabolic steroids from New York State into Canada.

Const. Geoff Purdie was arrested last April following an investigation by the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), in which officers seized a quantity of testosterone, valium, Xanax, anabolic steroids and gamma butyrolactone the main ingredient in the production of Gamma Hyroxybutyrate, commonly known as GHB. All told, the drugs had an estimated street value of $580,000.

NRP Chief Jeff McGuire was in attendance in court Monday afternoon as the sentencing hearing proceeded. Afterwards, he released a statement in which he said any involvement by officers in criminal activity causes serious damage to the reputation of the service and erodes public trust.

“It is my responsibility, one which I take very seriously, to ensure that these matters are investigated professionally and brought to justice,” he said. “That has occurred in this case and we will now continue to work to restore the trust that has been damaged.”

He noted there are more than 700 sworn officers in the NRP, and the “absolute majority” of them serve the region in accordance with their oath.

Effective immediately, Purdie will be suspended without pay, with his future employment status being addressed through a police discipline process.

http://www.thespec.com/news/crime/article/923053–niagara-cop-gets-jail-term-for-steroid-exports

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