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October 2, 2014
Illegal steroids seized from former Atlantic Beach police chief's home
Classey  The haul of illegal drugs taken from former Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michael Classey’s Jacksonville home included a duffle bag full of anabolic steroids, the Times-Union has learned. Classey was released from jail just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after posting a portion of his $136,000 bond following his arrest hours earlier on a variety of drug charges, the Sheriff’s Office said. A scheduled bond appearance Wednesday morning was canceled and Classey did not answer the door at his home in a subdivision off Kernan Boulevard. Classey is charged with 18 counts of possession of a controlled substance, as well as single charges of trafficking in codeine, evidence tampering and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced Tuesday. Classey turned himself in Tuesday. He resigned as police chief Sept. 23 after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 19 because of an active criminal investigation. The same day he was placed on leave, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement raided Classey’s home and seized the following, according to search warrant information obtained Wednesday by The Times-Union:
  •  A duffle bag with 11 plastic bags of anabolic steroids
  •  Thirteen bottles and one box of prescription medication believed to be steroids
  •  A white box containing multiple vials of steroids
  •  A bottle each of hydrocodone and Nandrolone Decanoate
  •  Two prescription bottles containing unknown pills
  •  1 box of empty bottles of various prescription drugs
Dennis Bustle, special agent in charge of the FDLE’s Jacksonville Regional Operations Center, said Tuesday police were taken aback when they served the search warrant on the two-story beige home. “I think we were all shocked by the amount that we found…” Bustle said. Authorities said the drugs, imported from as far away as India, were for personal use and that no evidence has been uncovered that any were resold. They said it’s unclear over what period of times the purchases were made before agents with the Department of Homeland Security intercepted one of the packages earlier this month. Trafficking, the charge used in the codeine count, can apply in Florida law to someone “who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers or brings into this state” substances listed under trafficking laws. The tampering charge was filed after Classey was accused of taking steps to dispose of a computer and some packing equipment from the shipments. When agents asked to see the computer he ordered the drugs on, Classey’s son, thought to be in his mid-20s, had already disposed of it, Bustle said. Bustle added that the son was apparently unaware of the investigation. The computer was apparently left in a Dumpster in Neptune Beach but couldn’t be found later, Bustle said. If convicted, Classey faces a prison sentence exceeding 100 years because of the variety of charges, mostly felonies. The investigation began Sept. 18 after Homeland Security investigators intercepted a package from India containing controlled substances. The package was delivered to “Michael Cassey” at a UPS store postal box in Jacksonville. Classey went to retrieve that and a second package, one containing Xanax (Alprazolam) and the other injectable steroids, according to the FDLE. Bustle said Classey is thought to have bought steroids online from businesses as distant as Moldova and India and walked Homeland Security officials through the process he used to order material. Classey joined the department in 2006 from a police department in Kennesaw, Ga. He began his time in Atlantic Beach as a captain after a national search involving about 100 candidates. The 50-year-old became chief Oct. 1, 2008, replacing David Thompson, who served as Atlantic Beach’s police chief for 24 years.   http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-10-01/story/illegal-drugs-seized-former-atlantic-beach-police-chiefs-home-included