ABINGDON, Va. — United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced on Tuesday that John Charles Kelly, an officer with the Pennington Gap, Va. Police Department, entered a guilty plea in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to a charge involving the distribution of hydrocodone.
Kelly, 39, of Pennington Gap, Va., pleaded to one count of distribution of hydrocodone.
Sentencing has been set for May 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. Kelly faces a potential maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment and a potential fine of $500,000.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing, Kelly was socializing with two females at his residence in July and distributed approximately 20 Lortab pills to the two females.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Virginia State Police, Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Lee is prosecuting the case for the United States.