A former eastern Kentucky campaign treasurer pleads not guilty in federal court Monday to charges accusing her and her boyfriend of dealing drugs.
Indictments say 50 year old Pamela Justice was distributing cocaine during the same time she worked on political campaigns.
Earlier this year when Court of Appeals Judge David Barber needed a campaign treasurer, he says friends told him to hire Pamela Justice.
"Some of the fellas she had helped in other campaigns recommended her. She did a good job, never had any problems with her books," Barber said.
Barber says he hired Justice and she became his campaign treasurer after working with Greg Stumbo's State Representative race in 2002 and later a campaign for State Senator Johnny Ray Turner.
Barber says he didn't know Justice was allegedly selling cocaine, but he did let her go in May for other reasons.
"No, no, I didn't know this was going on. I didn't feel real comfortable with the company she was keeping," Barber said.
He says her boyfriend, Darrell Triplett was with her most of the time. Justice and Triplett are both charged with distributing cocaine from 2001 to this year.
A spokesperson for Attorney General Greg Stumbo says they can't comment on the case, but says Stumbo will continue fighting drugs in Kentucky no matter who it is.
If convicted, Justice and Triplett could face life in prison.
Justice and Triplett's trial is scheduled for January 30th in federal court.