A former sheriff's deputy of Rowan County pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and having a gun during a drug crime.
Roger Lee Holbrook, 58, was arrested in May and admitted that while he was a deputy in 2008, he was paid to travel with and provide protection for another man, Frank Edward Prince.
Holbrook said he carried his deputy badge and a loaded semiautomatic .40-caliber handgun while Prince obtained and distributed the pills in the Morehead area.
Holbrook could be sentenced to up to 20 years on the drug charge, plus five years for the gun charge, a press release from the U.S. District Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky said.
His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11 in federal court in Ashland. Prince was indicted in January and filed a motion to plead guilty in March.