By MATT KOESTERS
A Jeffersonville Police Department officer and a former corrections officer were arrested Monday on suspicion of attempting to purchase illegal steroids.
The arrests stemmed from an Indiana State Police-led investigation that began in June involving the alleged distribution and possession of illegal steroids.
According to an ISP-issued press release, information was obtained by ISP detectives that Anthony G. Mills Jr., 27, Sellersburg, and Robert C. Wilcoxson, 24, Charlestown, were allegedly trying to possess illegal steroids.
A reverse-sting was conducted in which ISP detectives made deals to sell what the two arrestees thought were illegal steroids, though the actual substance sold was counterfeit, according to the release.
Mills was driving his JPD-issued car when he arrived to make a steroid purchase, according release. Mills was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 8, when his superiors confirmed his involvement in the ISP investigation, according to a statement issued by JPD Chief Chris Grimm.
“The Jeffersonville Police Department supports the Indiana State [Police] investigation and takes this matter seriously,” Grimm wrote. “Mills continues to be on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and possible further disciplinary action by the administration and the merit commission.”
The Jeffersonville Police Department assisted in the investigation, according to the ISP release.
Wilcoxson is a former employee of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked as a correctional officer. Wilcoxson was fired three weeks ago as a result of the ISP investigation, said Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden. Rodden said no other employees of his department have been disciplined as a result of the investigation.
The arrests came after warrants were issued by Clark County Circuit Court earlier Monday.
Mills has been charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Wilcoxson was charged with attempting to deal in a controlled substance, a class A felony; attempted possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony; and dealing in a look-alike substance, a class C felony. Online court records did not show the charges had been filed at press time.
A representative of the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office could not be reached for comment by press time. Both men were booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. Both men were released on bond, Rodden said.