Federal Jury Finds Man Traded Pills For Sex

LONDON — A Laurel County man illegally gave pain pills to young women in return for sex, a federal jury ruled Friday, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

The jury convicted Roy Lacy Cobb, 55, on all 10 charges he faced. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove scheduled Cobb's sentencing for June 24.

The indictment against Cobb said he faces up to 40 years in prison on charges that he gave drugs to women under age 21, but his sentence will probably be less than that under sentencing guidelines.

Cobb's attorney, Derek G. Gordon of Lexington, said he had not calculated the potential sentence because Cobb had not considered pleading guilty.

Cobb will appeal the conviction, Gordon said.

The allegations against Cobb pointed up a grim side of drug addiction that some observers said has become increasingly common as the abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among younger women, has grown over the last decade.

"Unfortunately, the prostituting for pills is way, way too common," said Dan Smoot, law enforcement director for Operation UNITE, which investigates drug crimes in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. "It's a shame, but it's out there."

Cobb allegedly gave OxyContin pills to female addicts in exchange for sexual favors hundreds of times between mid-2005 and September 2008, when he was arrested.

Cobb was disabled as a result of a car wreck and had a prescription to get OxyContin, a powerful painkiller that is a favorite of addicts.

When police searched his home at Keavy last year, they found more than 30 empty pill bottles, but no pills, according to court documents.

Cobb sometimes had women expose their breasts to him to earn their first pills, but then had them perform oral sex on him or have intercourse with him to keep getting pills, the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Parman, told jurors.

Two of the women involved in the case were under 21 when Cobb started giving them OxyContin, the indictment said.

Cobb was charged with distributing pills that contained oxycodone — the drug in OxyContin and some other pills — to 10 women. Several testified against him, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

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  • by charlene Location: norwood ohio on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    What was Lacy's sentence???? I can find nothing online about that.
  • by charlene Location: norwood ohio on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    I knew Lacy and his sister Kathy when they worked for GM in early 80's. Both were hard working and family oriented. I am in total shock after reading this. What happened???
  • by HIS NIECE on Feb 21, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    HE IS DISABLED BECAUSE HE WAS INJURED IN THE US ARMY, FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM. HE WAS ALSO IN A CAR WRECK AND HAS A STEEL PLATE IN HIS BACK.HE ALSO SUFFERS FROM A PREVIOUS BROKEN FEMUR BONE. HE DID NEED HIS PAIN PILLS AND HE DID TAKE THEM, GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT BEFORE YOU START. YOU NEED TO WAKE UP!!!
  • by clay on Feb 21, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    Trading sex for drugs? What did the feds trade for or receive. Won't be drawing while in the pen
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    A renowned expert on the life and work of sex scientist Alfred Kinsey, widely known as the "father of the sexual revolution," is raising alarms over Prtender-In-Chief Obama's pursuit of sex "education" for kindergartners and his plans to install a pornography advocate in a top Justice Department position.
  • by mel Location: lex on Feb 21, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    So how was this man so in pain as to be disabled and living off MY taxes, and still able to give away all his pain pills? Wake up people. You are PAYING for this and it is rampant. Once these people get deemed "disabled" they carry on with their lives just like you and me, except they do everything but work. Doctors are eager to give them pills that they sell or trade to support their drug of choice. If he was able to function without pain pills, he's ok to go to work...cut his disability off and SCREEN these people who are getting a free ride!!!
  • by Gen Location: backwoods ky. on Feb 21, 2009 at 05:15 AM
    So what!

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