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Former Drug Diversion Officer Sentenced For Drug Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Christopher Kober, 46, was sentenced today in federal court for possession of Schedule II controlled substances. Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis sentenced Kober to two years’ probation.

Kober was employed by the Nebraska State Patrol and assigned to the DEA Drug Diversion Task Force. Included in his responsibilities with the Task Force was the collection of prescription drugs left at collection boxes meant to dispose of old and unused prescription drugs.

On March 17, 2017, officers were called to Kober’s residence in Bellevue, Nebraska. They recovered 1,800 pills of various dosage amounts. The pills and substances included Acetaminophen Hydrocodone Bitartrate; Oxycodone Hydrochloride; Acetaminophen Oxycodone; Morphine Sulfate and Fentanyl patches. All are Schedule II controlled substances. The pills had an estimated street value of $18,000. The pills were located in a bag with other personal belongings of Kober’s.

As part of his plea agreement and sentence, Kober must surrender his law enforcement certification, forego any administrative appeal of his termination from the Nebraska State Patrol, and not seek future employment in law enforcement.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bellevue Police Department.

Updated May 20, 2019

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