ROANOKE – A former Pulaski police officer admitted Friday that he not only sold, but also bought, methamphetamine inside his police car while on duty.
Christopher Franklin Bond, 32, of Austinville in Wythe County, pleaded guilty to drug charges, along with two Max Meadows residents, in U.S. District Court in Roanoke Friday.
Bond, a former officer with Pulaski Police Department, entered a guilty plea one count of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Bond’s employment was terminated in 2009 when he was arrested on drug charges.
In his plea, Bond acknowledged that he was in uniform and in possession of his police-issued firearm at the time he conducted drug transactions, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy.
Bond faces a sentence of 5-40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2 million when he is sentenced at a later date.
John Daniel Cantrell, 25, and Kelly Ann Porter, 25, both of Max Meadows, also pleaded guilty. All three waived formal indictment on their charges in lieu of pleading guilty.
“The addiction to harmful drugs, such as methamphetamine, has become both a law enforcement and public health crisis in the Western District of Virginia,” Heaphy said. “We must do everything we can to prosecute those individuals, like these three defendants, who profit from the addiction of others by buying and selling illegal drugs. We must also be vigilant in making efforts to help those battling addiction on a daily basis.”
Cantrell and Porter each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Each faces a possible sentence of life in prison and/or a fine of up to $4 million.
In determining an actual sentence, the Court will U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges that take into account the severity and characteristics of the offense, the defendant’s criminal history, if any, and other factors. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining the sentence.
Parole has been abolished in the federal system, so each defendant will have to serve most of whatever prison sentence is imposed.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Virginia State Police and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.