Former DOC Correction Officer Sentenced to Prison in Steroid Probe

JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) — A former Department of Corrections officer will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a prison-based steroids distribution ring.

Before becoming a guard at Florida State Prison, Marcus Hodge pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization. He was indicted in February 2005 along with three other former corrections officers, who are all on probation. Authorities say Hodge cooperated with them in identifying a former pharmacy technician who supplied him with the drugs. His attorney says pending charges in Baker and Palm Beach counties will be dropped.

Hodge was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids and prescription drugs and faced up to 20 years in prison. The charges are part of a state and federal investigation that includes embezzlement from a state-run recycling facility and misuse of state property and prison labor.


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