Former narcotics top cop gets probation in steroid case.

The one-time Tennessee narcotics officer of the year was sentenced to three years probation Tuesday for allowing a known drug dealer to make a delivery of steroids without police interference.

“This is an especially tragic case because Mr. Valentine was a very promising officer,” said U.S. Dist. Judge Samuel Mays. “He was a model narcotics officer, but then he himself was engaging in steroid use. This was an aberration for Mr. Valentine.”

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, a more serious eight-count indictment that accused him of buying and selling illegal steroids was dismissed.

The alleged violations occurred between Sept. 9 and Sept. 25, 2007, and stemmed from a series of phone calls and contacts between a confidential source and Valentine in an alleged attempt to distribute anabolic steroids.

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