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Former BPSO pleads guilty in steroid distributions scheme

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Updated: Apr. 24, 2020 at 7:08 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - A former Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday evening.

Jonathan Colgin, 36, appeared in court on Thursday, April 23 via video conference for his role in concealing a federal crime in connection with a steroid distribution scheme.

In August of 2016, Colgin was assigned to investigate an individual shipping anabolic steroids through the U.S. Mail, according to plea documents.

Colgin identified Brant Landry as the individual shipping the steroids and learned of the details of Landry’s steroid trafficking, including the location where Landry produced the anabolic steroids from Landry. During his assignment to the investigation, Colgin also learned that a friend was obtaining steroids from Landry.

As part of the guilty plea, Colgin admitted that he was aware of Landry’s steroids trafficking, which constituted a federal felony, but Colgin failed to notify the appropriate authorities of Landry’s illegal conduct.

Colgin did not reveal Landry’s identity in his investigative reports, nor did he attempt to obtain a search warrant for the location where Landry produced the anabolic steroids. Colgin further admitted that he concealed his friend’s role and conduct from law enforcement.

On November 13, 2019, Colgin, along with his co-defendant and former Shreveport Police Officer Brian Skinner, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids and misprision of a felony.

Skinner pleaded guilty on April 16, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

Following the plea hearing, Colgin remains on bond and faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

His sentencing is set for August 14, 2020.

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