Trumbull man charged in alleged steroid 'drug factory' bust
Fairfield police today announced the arrest of Chris Puzzio, 32, of Trumbull, Sean Jackson, of Bridgeport, and Jerry Mazzuoccolo, 30, an employee at Trumbull's Edge Fitness, under charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and operating a drug factory.
The arrests stem from a four-month investigation into a large-scale, high-quality anabolic steroid and human growth hormone manufacturing and distribution network, in conjunction with the illegal distribution of narcotic pain medications. The steroids and medications were being distributed in the Fairfield and Greater Bridgeport area, according to Fairfield Det. Sgt Tony Granata.
Westchester County police arrested Sean Jackson in New York as he headed back to Connecticut. This triggered Connecticut Law Enforcement agencies to execute three simultaneous search and seizure warrants at the homes of the suspected heads of this organization. Search and seizure warrants were executed at Jackson's Bridgeport home, Chris Puzzio's Trumbull home and Jerry Mazzauoccolo's Derby Home. Law Enforcement personnel from Fairfield, Derby and Trumbull Police Departments as well as agent from the DEA and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the execution of the warrants.
Police seized large amounts of steroids, human growth hormone, paraphernalia, capsule presses, cash and numerous firearms at the homes of the alleged perpetrators.
Additionally several hundred capsules containing an unknown substance were found and will be submitted for chemical analysis. Police currently do not have a monetary street value of the steroids seized. Costs can vary dramatically depending on the type and quality of the steroid.
During a press conference, police showed news agencies a large conference table filled with pills, vials, powders, pile of syringes, envelopes full of money and a scale. Police said pills were hidden at the bottom of legitimate pill bottles, under legitimate pills.
Det. Sgt. Granata said the investigation is ongoing and police are expecting to make several more arrests in the case. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Fairfield Police Department and the DEA's New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad.
This is the Fairfield Police Department's second large scaled narcotic/controlled substance investigation this year with DEA's New Haven TActical Diversion Squad.