Ex-Philadelphia officer admits running steroid ring

By John P. Martin
Oct. 10, 2012

A former Philadelphia police detective on Tuesday admitted running a ring that imported steroids and human growth hormone from overseas distributors and sold them to users around the city.

Keith Gidelson, 36, got the drugs from connections in Europe and China, then resold them out of his Northeast Philadelphia home, in fitness clubs, and at other locations.

Authorities said they weren't sure when his ring started, but estimated that Gidelson sold more than 10,000 injections and pills before getting caught in 2011.

Gidelson pleaded guilty to conspiracy and drug charges and faces as many as three years in prison when U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond sentences him in January. In return for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearm charge that carried a mandatory minimum prison term of five years.

Gidelson was still on the city payroll but on disability leave in August 2010 when a confidential source told authorities he bought steroids from the detective, Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Axelrod told the judge.

In the ensuing months, investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Postal Service launched surveillance of Gidelson's home, tapped his cellphone, and monitored his mail.

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