ARLINGTON –– An Arlington police officer arrested in a federal steroid probe has been fired.
During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Chief Will Johnson announced the termination of officer Thomas Kantzos, the 17-year veteran who allegedly bought illegal steroids for himself and other officers, and used his police database to tip off a dealer that narcotics officers were watching him.
Federal agents arrested Kantzos Tuesday, the same day Arlington officer David Vo killed himself. Officer Vo had been arrested days before in the investigation. A third officer, Craig Hermans, is on leave after being questioned.
Johnson also announced the expansion of the department's steroid testing policy. According the federal complaint filed against Kantzos, the officer purchased steroids for other officers on the force.
Before this incident, only undercover officers and those who get promoted were subject to drug testing for steroids. Now it will include all officers.
"My message to those employees that received those kits, or are presently employees, if I find out that they are doing illegal drugs, they will be terminated," Johnson said.
The chief said steroid use will not be tolerated and promised to increase education about spotting users on the job.
Chief Johnson also said Thursday there is no link between the steroid probe and the murder of Kennedale teacher John Ross Shreves. He was also a power lifter, prompting rumors of a connection.
Early this morning police arrested Patrick Jardell Brooks for the murder. Shreves and Brooks were friends.