Ex-Fla. trooper guilty of drug charge in Conn.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 5:17 PM
Ex-Fla. trooper guilty of drug charge in Conn.

A former Florida state trooper has pleaded guilty in Connecticut to a federal charge for his role in a conspiracy to sell highly addictive painkiller pills.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 29-year-old Justin Kolves pleaded guilty Friday in Bridgeport to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Kolves resigned from the Florida Highway Patrol. He's scheduled to be sentenced June 14.

U.S. Attorney David Fein says Kolves took cash from a drug dealer to help with the illegal transport and sale of oxycodone pills. Authorities say Kolves traveled to Connecticut three times last year to serve as a bodyguard for the drug dealer during illegal oxycodone transactions and was paid $3,700.

Three federal Transportation Security Administration officers based at airports in Florida and New York also were charged.