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Ex-police officer to serve 6 years on drug conviction

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Christopher Bond bought, sold meth while in uniform

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

 ROANOKE — A former Pulaski police officer who admitted trafficking drugs has been given a sentence of 72 months in federal prison Monday.

Christopher Franklin Bond, 33, who lived in Carroll County at the time of the offenses, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

On Monday, the court sentenced Bond and a co-defendant.

During his guilty plea, Bond admitted to buying and selling meth from his police vehicle, in uniform and carrying his police-issued firearm. He claimed he was always off-duty, according to court officials.

The maximum penalty that Bond faced was a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and a fine up to $2 million.

The minimum penalty for Bond, going by federal sentencing guidelines, was five years in prison. But prosecutor Charlene Day noted that Bond got an extra year from Judge James Turk, due to the former police officer's "abuse of a position of trust" and for possession of a dangerous weapon at the time of the offenses.

Bond will have a 48-month term of supervised release once he gets out of prison.

Codefendants John Daniel Cantrell, 25, and Kelly Ann Porter, 25, both of Max Meadows, had previously entered guilty pleas to one charge each of participating in a drug conspiracy involving distribution of more than 500 grams of meth.

They faced possible sentences of life in prison and up to $4 million in fines.

Cantrell also received his sentence on Monday, according to Day. He will also spend 72 months in prison, plus a 60-month-term of supervised release.

Porter's sentencing date is not yet set.

Porter and Cantrell were boyfriend and girlfriend. Day said that Bond had a relationship with Porter based on drugs.

Bond would sometimes buy drugs from Porter and would sell to her when she was out, the prosecutor said. Bond and Porter would also occasionally pool their money to buy drugs.

It was revealed in court that Bond had a problem with meth and prescription drugs at a previous job, Day said.

The judge recommended that Bond "be given the opportunity to participate in the intensive drug treatment program," according to court records. 

Bond is prohibited from owning firearms and dangerous weapons after his release, according to the court documents. He will have to submit to warrantless searches for his person and property by authorities to make sure he does not possess these items.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Virginia State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff's Office participated in the investigation.

Initially, the Virginia State Police filed charges against Bond in Wythe and Carroll counties, alleging that he had showed up at a drug transaction and attempted to buy drugs.

Last June, police originally charged Bond with attempting to purchase meth, a felony; attempting to purchase the painkiller Loritab and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

After members of the Twin County Drug Task Force and the state police searched Bond's home in Carroll County later that month, they charged him with possession of a schedule II drug and schedule II drug with a firearm, both felonies.

Bond resigned from the Pulaski Police Department after these charges were filed.

All state charges were dropped in light of the federal case against Bond.

“The addiction to harmful drugs, such as methamphetamine, has become both a law enforcement and public health crisis in the Western District of Virginia,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said after Bond pleaded guilty. “We must do everything we can to prosecute those individuals, like these three defendants, who profit from the addiction of others by buying and selling illegal drugs.”