A veteran Arlington police officer is facing federal accusations of buying steroids for himself and other officers in his department.
Thomas S. Kantzos, 45, of Fort Worth, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with unlawfully providing law enforcement-sensitive information by exceeding authorized access to a protected computer.
Another Arlington police officer, David Vo, 35, killed himself after also being arrested as part of the state and federal steroids investigation. He was found in a wooded area in the 2400 block of Park Run Drive, near his home.
Vo, who has been an Arlington police officer for three years, was arrested last week and released pending charges.
A third officer from the department, Craig Hermans, 34, has been questioned in connection with the investigation.
The investigation led to the Arlington police officers after a man was arrested in January for selling anabolic steroids, according to an FBI complaint. The man cooperated with investigators, telling them he used and sold steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) for the last 13 years.
He also admitted providing steroids and HGH to Kantzos during the last five or six years, the complaint said. The suspect also told investigators he gave 20 HGH kits to Kantzos while he was on duty and driving a marked Arlington Police car, according to the complaint.
Kantzos is scheduled to make his first appearance in federal court this afternoon.
“On multiple occasions, Kantzos solicited anabolic steroids from this witness for himself and for others, including friends and colleagues” in the Arlington Police Department, federal authorities said.
Most of the steroids and HGH he got were given to other Arlington police officers, authorities said.
“Kantzos allegedly put this witness in contact with two other APD officers so that they could obtain anabolic steroids directly,” according to federal authorities.
Kantzos also is accused of looking up names or license plates on a law enforcement database at the request of his drug supplier, who was concerned that he was being watched by police.
“On several occasions, Kantzos did this, or had someone else do it for him, and then provided the obtained sensitive information to the witness,” authorities said.
In December 2011, Kantzos gave his supplier the name of a law enforcement officer, which led to the supplier finding a tracking device on his vehicle, authorities said.
The supplier then began “laying low” for several weeks and talked with Kantzos about the tracking device and the police surveillance of him, the complaint said.
Kantzos is charged with exceeding authorized access to a protected computer.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.