COLUMBUS: An Ohio trooper sold illegal drugs, provided an accomplice with a bulletproof vest and lied to police to protect the accomplice, according to federal charges filed this week.

State Highway Patrol trooper Jason Delcol was charged with distributing controlled substances, distributing human growth hormone and witness tampering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus said Tuesday.

Delcol, 43, was one of six men charged in the drug-trafficking scheme around the central Ohio city of Delaware.

The patrol fired Delcol for conduct unbecoming of an officer on Tuesday, less than three hours after the charges were announced.

Delcol is in custody and court records don’t list an attorney for him. His 2017 review showed him meeting expectations.