NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A former Virginia Beach probation officer and her husband admitted guilt to charges involving methamphetamine.
Katherine M. Kephart and Charles M Kephart were caught in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine after law enforcement received a tip in November that the two were trafficking methamphetamine from Asheville, N.C. to the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to court documents, Norfolk police and FBI conducted a sting operation with Charles Kephart in February. He was arrested after selling meth to an undercover officer, and then Norfolk FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at the couple's Norfolk residence.
Agents found drug paraphernalia and learned that Katherine Kephart was using her position as a Virginia Beach probation officer to find out if prospective drug conspirators were under court supervision or working for law enforcement.
Charles was indicted by a federal grand jury in Norfolk in May and pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine, according to Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Katherine waived indictment, pleading guilty to the conspiracy in August.
If convicted, the Kepharts face up to forty years in prison.
Charles is scheduled to be sentenced December 12, and his wife is scheduled to be sentenced the next day.
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