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Fort Worth fires officer accused of selling steroids from Parker County storage shed

A Fort Worth police officer suspended in February after his indictment in Parker County on allegations of steroid sales has now been fired by the police department.

In an interview with internal affairs investigators, Jared Holt said he only sold legal substances with names similar to illegal substances for marketing purposes, according to a disciplinary letter filed with the Civil Service Commission on Tuesday.

But witness statements and text messages shared with Fort Worth police by Parker County investigators clearly show Holt was involved in the sale of injectable anabolic steroids, not legitimate supplements, the letter states.

Holt, who was indefinitely suspended effective April 8, has appealed his firing.

Terry Daffron, an attorney with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas who is handling Holt’s appeal with the city, declined to comment Wednesday.

The letter offers insight into the organized criminally activity charge which Holt was accused of in the indictment by a Parker County grand jury on Feb. 7.

According to the letter:

The Fort Worth police internal affairs unit had been notified on Oct. 12 that Parker County sheriff’s deputies had served a search warrant at Holt’s home and were investigating allegations that the officer was selling illegal steroids and other dangerous drugs.

Holt is accused of working in collaboration with five others to sell anabolic steroids or other testosterone-related substances that promote muscle growth.

Witness statements and text messages provided to Fort Worth police by Parker County investigators “clearly establish that the substances Officer Holt is alleged to have sold were injectable anabolic steroids,” the letter states.

“The text messages with the witness reveal a conversation with an unmistakeable context of the sale and purchase of injectable substances (not just capsules), with detailed instructions on which syringes to purchase and how to inject the substances,” the letter, signed by Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, states.

In the text message exchange, Holt allegedly stated that he kept the substances in a storage shed because he didn’t want them stolen from his home and would retrieve the amount needed when people placed an order with him. The text messages included a price list of illegal anabolic steroids and other prescription drugs and capsules, the letter states.

When confronted by internal affairs investigators about the information provided by Parker County, Holt was not forthcoming, the letter alleges, and claimed a lack of understanding of simple facts.

The letter also accuses Holt of not following up on all tasks requested of him by internal affairs to help him prove his innocence.

“Any reasonable officer, knowing that he was charged with a crime and faced with losing a prestigious job in an esteemed organization, should have provided the information if it in fact existed,” the letter states. “I find it notable that Officer Holt claims that it was not he who was providing the illegal substance to the witness, but was simply providing instructions on how to use the illegal substance as shown in his text messages.”

“As a law enforcement officer, Holt had a responsibility to avoid such involvement in providing instructions in the use of illegal drugs,” the letter adds.

Holt, who was commissioned as a Fort Worth officer in September 2017, was arrested on Feb. 11 and released from the Parker County Jail that same day on a $25,000 bond. He faces 15 to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

Jim Lane, Holt’s criminal defense attorney, did not return a message Wednesday seeking comment.

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