>Ex-police officer pleads no contest in steroids case.

>A former Paw Paw police officer pleaded no contest Friday to possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance.

Robert P. Kusmack was charged with one count of possession of anabolic steroid Fluoxymesterone, a two-year felony.

Kusmack is to be sentenced April 18 by Van Buren County Circuit Judge Paul E. Hamre.

The case is being handled by a special prosecutor from Kalamazoo County because it involves a former Paw Paw police officer.

Kusmack was arrested March 11, 2010, after police learned that Aaron DiPrima, owner of Strength Beyond gym in Paw Paw, planned to deliver the pills to Kusmack, according to testimony at Kusmack’s preliminary examination hearing in October.

The relationship became known because a third man, Tom Radke, was working with the West Michigan Enforcement Team, a Michigan State Police drug unit, and the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team, which had taken steroids and other items from his Vicksburg home earlier that week.

Radke also led investigators to Fred Milton Jr., who was a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer at the time. Milton resigned on May 4 when he was scheduled to be disciplined.

DiPrima in June pleaded guilty to possession of an analogue, a two-year felony, and was sentenced Aug. 23 to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service, state fees and court costs under 7411 of the Michigan Public Health Code. He also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Kusmack.

Under terms of the agreement, the felony charge will be removed from public criminal files if DiPrima successfully completes probation.

Kusmack was terminated from the Paw Paw Police Department in May.

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