The former Galveston police officer caught receiving steroids during a sting operation was sentenced Tuesday to one year deferred probation.
Michael Ciro Andrews, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance of more than 28 grams, a class A misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement, court records show.
Andrews was initially charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance after Galveston police officials were told that one of their own had been in contact with a suspected steroid supplier.
Officers delivered the drugs to Andrews, who put the delivery into a blue Toyota Tundra and took them to an undisclosed location in Texas City, where he was detained, according to the affidavit.
After detaining Andrews, officers obtained a search warrant for the car and say they found the drugs in a gym bag in the passenger area of the car, according to the affidavit.
Officers conducted the undercover operation as part of an investigation into the distribution of steroids and other controlled substances by suspects living in Galveston, according to the affidavit.
The investigation was conducted by the Galveston Police Department and members of Galveston County Sheriff’s special crimes unit, joined by agents from the Galveston office of Homeland Security Investigations, FBI, DEA and postal inspectors from the U.S. Postal Service, the affidavit said.
Andrews is required to surrender his peace officer’s license as part of the plea agreement, Chief Assistant Criminal District Attorney Xochitl Vandiver-Gaskin said.
Andrews’ youth and lack of criminal record were a factor in the plea agreement, Vandiver-Gaskin said.
Andrews is no longer employed with the Galveston Police Department, where he had worked since December 2012.