Former KSP Narcotics Detective Pleads Guilty

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky State Police narcotics detective has pleaded guilty to theft of controlled substances and other charges in a plea deal that will have him spend five months in jail.

Louie Podunavac Jr. was a 19-year state police veteran until his abrupt retirement in 2006.

The Independent of Ashland reports that he pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boyd County Circuit Court to three counts of tampering with physical evidence and two counts of theft of controlled substances.

Boyd Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice says that under the agreement, Podunavac accepted a two-year prison sentence, with all but five months being probated.

In previous court hearings, Podunavac's attorneys said the former trooper became addicted to painkillers after hurting his ankle in 2003.

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