Deputy Drugs

A former sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine to work-release inmates he supervised in Warren County.

Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Kinsey of Front Royal, entered his plea on five federal drug-distribution counts Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

He faces up to $5 million in fines and up to 100 years in prison when sentenced.

Warren County Sheriff's Major Bill Chapman says Kinsey had been working part-time as a deputy for less than a year when he was charged.

Federal prosecutors say Kinsey distributed crack cocaine, accepted drugs from inmates for personal use and falsified drug and alcohol tests for inmates.

The deputy used the jail phone to set up drug deals and once tipped off an inmate to a raid planned for the inmate's home.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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