CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former sheriff's deputy was sentenced to probation Wednesday for lying to the FBI.
Former Kanawha County Deputy Sheriff Robert Evans, 52, of Boomer, was sentenced to three years of probation.
He pleaded guilty in October of 2017, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.
Evans admitted to lying to an FBI agent about buying drugs from a suspect. Investigators say the deputy bought opioid pain medication from a target of an FBI drug trafficking investigation.
In the spring of 2017, the FBI began investigating a large-scale drug trafficking organization in Kanawha and Fayette Counties. Agents searched phone records and found texts between a drug dealer and Evans.
Those text messages revealed Evans had been buying pills from the dealer for several months. Investigators also found out Evans ran license plate numbers and vehicle identification numbers (VINs) at the request of drug traffickers.
FBI agents confronted Evans at his home on June 28, 2017. He admitted to the license plate checks, but not the pills.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department launched an internal investigation. Evans resigned during that investigation.
“A trusted law enforcement officer aiding and abetting a drug trafficking organization,” said Stuart. “Tragic. No one is immune from the opioid epidemic. The brave men and women of law enforcement are on the front lines of this battle every single day. They are heroes on the front lines of this battle. Evan’s actions were reckless, dangerous, and risked the very lives of those he swore to protect.”