By Steve Elliott
A former police officer in Alabama on Thursday pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge, admitting he conspired with an Irvington dealer to sell marijuana.
Lynvanh Rasavong, 43, said nothing except to answer "Yes" and "No" to questions from U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose, reports Brendan Kirby at al.com.
Judge DuBose accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for July. Rasavong faces up to five years in prison, but defense attorney Richard Holmes said he expects his client to be eligible for probation under advisory sentencing guidelines.
"We're hoping for straight probation, but he understands that's at the discretion of the judge," Holmes said.
Rasavong resigned from the Montgomery Department of Public Safety in December during the marijuana investigation. He had worked for the Montgomery Police Department since 1998, and was working at a desk at police headquarters when he resigned.
Law enforcement had learned that codefendant Somphith "Mike" Khemmanivanh was selling marijuana from his home in Irvington, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina Vann. The Mobile County Sheriff's Office got a warrant to search Khemmanivanh's home, according to Vann, and when deputies arrived, they found Khemmanivanh and Rasavong inside with four pounds of weed.
"Both of them confessed, and here we are," Vann said.