By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter
JACKSBORO (WATE) - A former FedEx driver was recently arrested for allegedly dealing prescription pain pills while on his delivery route in Campbell County. It follows an investigation and undercover operation in Jellico.
Chris Cole Dabney, of Clinton, was arrested Friday.
Sheriff Robbie Goins said in his 22 years in law enforcement, he's never seen a case like this. "I've never heard of it in the past, of a driver that would take the company van and sell drugs out of it when it's actually a good job," he said.
The sheriff says an ongoing drug investigation lead to information that Dabney was selling the pills. So the Campbell County Sheriff's Office and the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force set up an undercover operation in Jellico.
"We had undercover officers there on the scene and actually made a buy and made the arrest on the scene," Sheriff Goins said.
The sheriff says Dabney admitted to selling pills two or three times a week while he was on the clock.
Also during the arrest, officers found a half bottle of oxycodone in the FedEx van, along with a prescription bottle that had some morphine in it. Investigators say the pills came from a pain clinic in Tennessee.
"He was getting prescriptions made to himself. So he was getting the medication himself through a doctor," Sheriff Goins explained.
The sheriff also says FedEx subcontracts the vans and drivers. Investigators interviewed the subcontractor who hired Dabney, and he told investigators he noticed some late deliveries.
Fed Ex issued this statement about the case:
"FedEx Ground is aware of the situation and has been working closely with the local authorities during the investigation. Since the investigation remains ongoing, we have no further details at this time.
FedEx Ground has zero tolerance for its network being used for any illegal activity and regards the security of our customer shipments a top priority.
We expect the highest standards of personal integrity and responsibility from our contractors and their employees."
Dabney is facing a felony charge. If convicted, the sheriff says he could face up to 11 months and 29 days behind bars.
The sheriff says Dabney was delivering pills to at least three people on his route, and he was let go after his arrest.