Two former Washington County sheriff's deputies pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Norris Wayne Bartley, 43, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, of Mackville, admitted they stole 30 pounds of marijuana from a locked trailer while on duty in 2009 and hid the drugs in the trunk of their official vehicle, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Louisville. The men, arrested by Kentucky State Police during the course of an investigation, had planned to sell the drugs, the release stated.
Bartley and Mattingly are still fighting federal firearms charges. An indictment alleges they were carrying firearms during and in relation to the drug trafficking crime. They are scheduled to go to trial on those charges May 11 in Louisville.
The drug charge to which they have pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
If convicted on the firearms charge, they would have to serve at least five years in prison in addition to any sentence resulting from the trafficking charge. They could also face a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release, according to the news release.