LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Bullitt County Sheriff's Special Deputy is behind bars for a federal drug charge.

WDRB's Valerie Chinn has been investigating this story for months.

Christopher Mattingly is charged with conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilograms -- roughly 2,200 pounds -- or more of marijuana. He's a former Special Deputy with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department tells WDRB News its investigation led to this federal indictment.

Court documents say, "Mattingly conspired and agreed with other persons, both known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to knowingly and intentionally distribute" 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

In Sept. 2014, he was pulled over with two others, for possession of marijuana and steroids by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Drug Task Force, the Jefferson County Drug Unit and Louisville Metro Police.

Court documents say, "Mattingly produced a Bullitt County Special Deputy Badge. Stating he was an officer, Mattingly was acting nervous and could not answer simple questions."

"He was on the phone with Dave Greenwell, the Sheriff of Bullitt County. Mattingly stated he called Sheriff Greenwell in an attempt to have the Sheriff verify he was a deputy."

The Sheriff's Department says after that incident, his badge was pulled and he was no longer a special deputy. According to the department, he never wrote a ticket or worked a detail for them and didn't even have a uniform.

Mattingly pleaded guilty and paid a $100 fine. Just last week that case was dismissed.

If convicted of his current drug charge, he faces between 10 years to life in prison. His trial is set for November.

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