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Friday, September 21, 2018

Justice receives 10 year prison term
A former Jefferson County constable has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy charges in Kentucky. Bobby Roy Justice, 69, of Dandridge, was arrested in Pike County, Kentucky in 2014, after he was found with oxycodone, oxymorphone and Xanax during a traffic stop. Kentucky troopers said the constable was also in possession of a firearm, plastic bags, and a digital scale at the time of his arrest. In his plea agreement, Justice admitted to obtaining a source to supply pills in Florida, and regularly traveling to Pike County to distribute them to others to sell for him. Justice was an elected constable until he resigned early this year, after being indicted in January. He entered a guilty plea in May to conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills. In addition to the prison term, Chief United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell for the Eastern District of Kentucky ordered Justice to pay a $60,000 fine. He faced up to 20 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines. The local and federal probe found that Justice had imported more than 90,000 oxycodone pills from suppliers in Florida to the Pike County, Kentucky, area for distribution over a five year period. During one of the trips, the Kentucky State Police found Justice in possession of hundreds of pills and a firearm. Under federal law, Justice must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence, and upon release will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years. The Dandridge Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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