COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Highway Patrol trooper and five other men are facing federal charges for drug trafficking in central Ohio.
Jason Delcol, 43, is charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances and human growth hormone, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances and witness tampering.
Also arrested were Stevedore Crawford, 55, of Delaware, Ohio, Nicholas Glassburn, 47, of Delaware, Ohio, Carlos Carvalho, 42, of Sandusky, William Covrett, 41, and Benjamin Owings, 37, of Delaware, Ohio.
The investigation into Glassburn started in June of 2017. It identified others believed to be sources of the supply of drugs trafficked by Glassburn, including an active law enforcement officer – Delcol – who was receiving drugs from and providing drugs to Glassburn and at least one other individual, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
“According to the affidavit, Delcol has used his position as a law enforcement officer to provide Glassburn with information, intervene in criminal cases of Glassburn and Owings, provide Glassburn with ballistic vests and corroborate Glassburn’s alibi to law enforcement when Glassburn was caught transporting drugs in August 2017,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said.
Investigators discovered communication between defendants about drug trafficking, including HGH, testosterone, Xanax, Oxycodone, Percocet, Adderall, Suboxone, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.
The investigation also showed Glassburn owed $17,000 to Carvalho for marijuana. It is believed that Delcol provided ballistic vests to Glassburn, which he used in meeting with Carvalho. The investigation revealed that Carvalho is likely one of Glassburn’s main sources of supply of drugs, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
Investigators said Delcol visited Glassburn’s home at least 16 times since October. He was in uniform and driving a Highway Patrol cruiser at least two of those times. They are accused of discussing trafficking of HGH, testosterone, Xanax, Percocet and other opioid pills.
According to investigators, Delcol acted as a middleman between Glassburn and Owings.
The criminal complaint also claims Delcol used his position as a trooper to help Glasburn:
It is also alleged that Delcol engaged in misleading conduct toward law enforcement officers to help Glassburn. On August 5, 2017, around 4:30am, police officers from a law enforcement agency discovered Glassburn asleep at the wheel and observed a drug pipe in the backseat. A search of the car discovered a substance that later tested positive for cocaine and a substance that later tested positive for cocaine base.
Glassburn claimed to just be tired and told officers he had found and removed the drugs from one of his children’s bedrooms. He said he called a Trooper friend of his, Delcol, and asked for advice on what to do with the drugs. Another officer who had stopped to assist had Glassburn call Delcol to verify his story. The Deputy spoke with Delcol, who stated Glassburn had children who were problems and also said he did not know Glassburn to be involved with drugs. During a recorded follow-up call with police officers, Delcol again served as Glassburn’s alibi.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued the following statement regarding Delcol:
The Patrol does not tolerate inappropriate conduct. Jason Delcol was previously terminated for violations of Division directives but reinstated through arbitration. Public trust is our number one priority and individuals like Delcol compromise that trust. The Patrol is fully cooperating with this investigation and currently conducting an internal investigation. Mr. Delcol is on non-paid leave at this time.”
The patrol later confirmed Delcol was fired on Tuesday.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, all of the defendants are charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances, as well as conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances.
Glassburn, Carvalho and Covrett are also charged with money laundering.
Owings faces an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of human growth hormone.
Five of the six defendants were arrested Tuesday and remain in custody, pending detention hearings on Thursday at noon and 12:30 p.m.