A former Sacred Heart University football player, arrested in June 2011 following a two-month investigation into allegations that he trafficked in narcotics from Long Island to the greater Bridgeport area, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

Brett Swider, 20, of Boca Raton, Fla., previously pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics. He was sentenced in Bridgeport Superior Court by Judge Robert Devlin to eight years, suspended after he serves four years and followed by three years probation.

During the hearing, Swider took responsibility for his actions.

Swider's father, John Swider, head of distribution for American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer, indicated in a statement to the judge that he may take some action against the school in connection with the case.

Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney C. Robert Satti Jr. said Swider was running a large-scale drug operation, specifically dealing in Oxycodone, which he purchased in Long Island and resold in this area.

Fairfield police said on several occasions they observed Swider return from New York and make apparent drug sales outside his apartment on Eckart Street in Bridgeport. On July 5, 2011, police over pulled Swider's car on the Merritt Parkway. Police said they found more than 700 Oxycodone pills in a bag stuffed into a hidden compartment in the dashboard of his car. He was charged at that time with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of narcotics.

Police said they later got a warrant to search Swider's apartment and found 10 Suboxone pills wrapped in plastic, three glass smoking pipes and 16 unused syringes.