Ex-State Highway Patrol Trooper Jason J. Delcol and three co-defendants pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus to charges regarding a Delaware County drug-trafficking ring.
Benjamin C. Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus, announced the pleas made before U.S. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King in a news release. Delcol and co-defendants Stevedore Crawford, Jr., Carlos Carvalho and Benjamin J. Owings were charged in February regarding the drug-trafficking ring, which started in 2017.
Delcol, 43, who was a trooper at the time of the incident, acquired testosterone, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from Owings, 37, and gave them to Nicholas Glassburn, 47, an investigation by the Delaware County Drug Task Force and the FBI uncovered. Delcol also acquired hydrocodone, oxycodone, and Xanax from Glassburn and gave the drugs to Owings, investigators discovered.
Every one of the three defendants lived in the city of Delaware. Most of the deal happened at Glassburn’s home on Rheem Street near Conger Elementary School.
The case started on August 5, 2017, when local police found Glassburn asleep at the wheel of a vehicle. Cocaine and crack cocaine was discovered after a search on his car. Glassburn told authorities that he had discovered the drugs in his child’s bedroom and called his friend, Delcol, who told him to destroy the drugs or take them to a police station. That ended up being a lie that Delcol repeated when he was questioned.
In February, authorities searched Delcol’s home and discovered a machine gun and silencer, none of which was registered.
Delcol pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, witness tampering and possession of an unregistered gun and silencer. He faces up to 40 years in prison on the conspiracy count, 20 years for witness tampering and 10 years for the weapons offenses. He consented to relinquish the machine gun and silencer.
Delcol had been a trooper since 2001 and had good reviews until 2012 when he was fired for illegal narcotics use. He clarified that he needed the drugs for back pain, and he was given a second chance, but that failed in 2014, and he again was fired. He came back to his job after an arbitration hearing.
Crawford faces as long as 80 years in prison on the conspiracy conviction.
Carvalho faces up to 20 years in prison for money laundering and supplying Glassburn with marijuana. He frequently traveled to Colorado to purchase pounds of marijuana at a time and told Glassburn to transfer the drug proceeds from Ohio to Colorado to further the drug-trafficking operation.
Owings pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He faces up to 20 years in prison.