According to information published by the Daily Voice newspaper in Connecticut, Hampden residents and local correctional facility officer Nicholas Aurora, Junior has been sentenced to 36 months of probation (and six months of house arrest) for the distribution of illegal anabolic steroids after a months long investigation.
US Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham announced that this former correctional officer is also going to have to pay over $2000 in fines and restitution while also performing north of 200 hours worth of community service as well.
Correctional officer Aurora was caught up in a sweeping statewide investigation into the distribution of illegal and illicit anabolic steroids as well as other controlled substances. In December of last year, the Connecticut State Narcotics Task Force – West received a warrant to search the residence of Aurora in Hamden and discovered over 25,000 anabolic steroid pills and more than 500 individual vials of anabolic steroids as well.
Electronic devices, including the cell phone of Mr. Aurora, were seized as well. After reviewing the text messages and phone calls that had been made on these devices it became clear just how large a part Mr. Aurora played in the illicit drug ring.
The task force continue to investigate the circumstances and situation Mr. Aurora found himself in, and after he began to cooperate with the investigation pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place. Mr. Aurora ended up purchasing illegal anabolic steroids from an individual source every 14 days – some of which he used personally, but the overwhelming majority of which he sold to fellow corrections officers in the Connecticut Department of Jails.
The task force was not able to conclusively prove whether or not Mr. Aurora was also selling these illicit and illegal anabolic steroids to prisoners and inmates at these facilities, but the evidence didn’t point in that direction. That’s likely why the US district attorney was so comfortable handing down what many consider to be a very lenient penalty, though the fines and house arrest components of the sentence are pretty significant.
For his part, Mr. Aurora was quick to cooperate with the investigation and also ended up pleading guilty to a single count of possession and a single count of intent to distribute controlled substances in court on March 14. The sentencing part of the proceedings moved quickly, and Mr. Aurora begins his sentence immediately.