DELAWARE, Ohio — Six Ohio men, including a trooper, were arrested and federally charged with drug-trafficking crimes in the Delaware area.
Jason Delcol, 43, is accused of using his position with law enforcement to provide information, intervene in criminal cases, corroborate an alibi, and even provide ballistic vests. The US Attorney's Office says Delcol worked with Nicholas Glassburn and Benjamin Owings.
Carlos Carvalho of Sandusky, Wiliam Covrett, and Stevedore Crawford of Columbus are all also charged in the case.
Investigators say they found communication between the men about drug trafficking, including Oxycodone, Percocet, cocaine, crack cocaine, Xanax, Adderall, Suboxone, marijuana, and even HGH and testosterone.
Surveillance shows Delcol visiting Glassburn's home at least 16 times since October 2017, according to the Department of Justice. At least two of the times he visited Glassburn, investigators say he was driving his Ohio State Highway Patrol marked car and was in uniform.
Delcol is accused of being a middleman between two other suspects, Glassburn and Owings. According to investigators, Owings supplied HGH and steroids to Delcol, which he sells to Glassburn, and then Glassburn sells pills to Delcol who sells or gives them to Owings.
Investigators say one time Glassburn was found by police asleep behind the wheel, with drug paraphernalia and drugs in his car. Glassburn reportedly told them he'd removed the drugs from one of his children's bedrooms and had called a Trooper friend of his - Delcol - for advice on what to do with the drugs. Officers say they had Glassburn call Delcol, who verified the story and said Glassburn had children with problems.
Each of the defendants is charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances, as well as conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. Delcol is also charged with witness tampering. Glassburn, Carvalho, and Covrett also face charges of money laundering.
Five of the six men were arrested Tuesday and are scheduled to be in court Thursday.
The Highway Patrol says Delcol was "previously terminated for violations of Division directives but reinstated through arbitration." A spokesman says Delcol was on non-paid leave before being fired on Tuesday.
The Highway Patrol says it's fully cooperating with the investigation and also conducting an internal investigation.
This story is developing and will be updated as we receive more information.