>Alleged Danbury area steroids gang ring leader released from custody.

>A Bethel man who authorities said spearheaded a large-scale drug ring selling steroids and marijuana in the area has been released from federal custody.

According to court documents, Mark Mansa, 46, who was arrested on conspiracy charges in late February, was released on $750,000 bond during a hearing this week in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport.

The bond was secured, according to the document, by properties owned by his mother and his girlfriend. Mansa was released on home confinement and into his mother’s custody at her home.

Conditions of Mansa’s release include electronic monitoring and counseling as deemed appropriate by the probation department, document show. He is also barred from leaving the state and was required to surrender his passport.

The hearing this week was Mansa’s third attempt to be released from federal custody while the case against him is pending.

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