JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - A veteran Jefferson County sheriff's deputy is due in court later this week following his arrest earlier this year for possession of anabolic steroids and oxycodone.
"No sir, I don't have any comment on that," said former Jefferson County Deputy Ryan Jordan when contacted by phone by CBS4.
The previously unreported arrest of the deputy led to Jordan being allowed to resign from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department where he had served for 20 years, most recently as a night shift deputy in the Jefferson County Jail.
According to court documents and law enforcement sources, the West Metro Drug Task Force raided Jordan's Arvada home on Jan. 8. There, investigators say they found decabol, an anabolic steroid that is a synthetic derivative of testosterone, along with oxycodone, a prescription pain reliever. Decabol is widely used by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass. The search warrant in the case has been sealed since January.
Jordan was charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count.
"It's been very low-key with very little said," according to Mark Arnold, a neighbor who lives across the street from Jordan and also happens to be a sergeant with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. "People say he's in trouble, but he hasn't talked to me about it."
Arnold called the steroid arrest "kind of surprising," noting that "it's a very unhealthy thing."
Jefferson County Sheriffs Department officials say subsequent to the Jordan arrest four other deputies who worked in the jail alongside Jordan were called in and questioned about possible involvement in the use of steroids. But Sheriff Ted Mink says none of those deputies were suspended or disciplined.
"We did look into that matter and there was nothing to substantiate their involvement with the procurement of steroids," Mink said.
Jordan, 47, worked for the sheriff's department since 1993, but was allowed to resign in April in the face of termination. Jordan, a military veteran, is listed as 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds.
Mink called the steroid bust "disheartening" since he said Jordan was a good employee and had an impressive military career. He said there had been no previous indications of steroid use or "roid rage" from Jordan.
"There were no complaints of excessive force or behavior that would indicate that. There was nothing in his file that would indicate that."
Mink said the county has a drug testing policy that would allow the sheriff's office to test a deputy for steroids if evidence suggested that was an issue.
Jordan's attorney, Thomas Hammond, did not return a call from CBS4 seeking comment on the Jordan case. The former deputy is due back in court Sept. 13.
- Written by Brian Maass for CBSDenver.com
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