Two Oneida County sheriff’s correction officers have been indicted this week on charges of selling steroid drugs over the summer.
Peter DiNardo and Zachary Lazore both appeared in Oneida County Court Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on a sealed grand jury indictment containing eight charges – six felonies and two misdemeanors.
Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges and are due to appear again in front of Judge Barry M. Donalty on Feb. 24. They are currently released on their own recognizance.
DiNardo, 42, of Deerfield, and Lazore, 23, of Yorkville, were charged as accomplices with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges.
According to the indictment, both men sold Oxymetholone, an anabolic steroid, around July 22, 2009, in the city of Utica.
The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone, said the drug was sold to an “agent of the police,” but he would not disclose whether the individual was an informant or an undercover officer.
Lazore also is charged with additional counts of possessing and selling the steroid Stanozolol, also known as Winstrol, in Yorkville around July 31 and Aug. 10, 2009, the indictment states.
DiNardo likewise is charged with an additional count of possessing Oxymetholone to sell on Aug. 10, 2009, in Deerfield. In connection with that same date, DiNardo also faces misdemeanor drug charges for possessing testosterone and cocaine.
These formal charges come about six months after it was disclosed that Lazore and DiNardo were both under investigation by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, or CNET, for steroid possession.
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