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July 21, 2014
Policeman sentenced to 5 years for selling steroids
A former West Palm Beach police officer who sold anabolic steroids while on duty was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in a Fort Lauderdale federal courtroom. Dewitt McDonald, 46, plead guilty in April to carrying a gun while involved in a drug trafficking crime and will follow his prison term with three years of supervised release and must pay nearly $29,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. McDonald, of Wellington, spent 18 years on the West Palm Beach police force. He was fired after he failed to immediately respond to a call at Palm Beach Lakes High School in February 2013. It was the last of a series of problems he had during his last five years on the force, including 21 letters of reprimand and 73 days of suspensions. The charge that he had illegally delivered steroids and other drugs while he was in uniform and armed was brought after he had been dismissed from the force. In his guilty plea, McDonald admitted that while a member of the West Palm Beach Police Department, he operated two businesses — Prime Performance Wellness Centers, Inc., in Lake Worth, and Prime Health and Rejuvenation Clinic in Wellington — through which he distributed steroids and other prescription drugs. McDonald also admitted that on March 5, 2013, while on duty and carrying his Smith & Wesson MP40 pistol, he made a delivery of these drugs to someone in Palm Beach County. McDonald, who is married with three children, was allowed by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn to turn himself into prison Sept. 18. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/former-wpb-police-officer-sentenced-to-five-years-/ngh6q/