HUGHESTOWN — A former police office in Luzerne County pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday for selling prescription drugs.
Robert Evans, a former Hughestown police officer, pleaded guilty in federal court in Scranton, admitting that he sold prescription drugs, even dealing them from the borough’s police station.
Evans was arrested last August by the FBI, who alleged Evans sold oxycodone while on duty in uniform from his cruiser and armed with his gun.
Here in Hughestown, people said they still have faith in their police department.
“It’s a shame if someone abuses their power, but in this case one bad apple doesn’t spoil the bunch,” said Bill Brodbeck. “Never had a problem with the police department. They do a fantastic job and they’re always there. Give them one call and they’re right there.”
Evans admitted that during the time from August 2012 to July 2013 he sold approximately 750 oxycodone pills, that he was in possession of a firearm in connection with the activity, and that he abused his position of trust as a police officer, since prosecutors said selling the drugs while on duty helped to aid and conceal his offense.
In one Moosic neighborhood, people said Evans has been living here with his parents.
Neighbors didn’t want to show their faces on camera but said they feel sorry for his family.
“I feel bad for his mom most of all. She wanted him to grow up and be the best person he could be and she’s just heartbroken by everything,” said one neighbor.
“It’s definitely got to be tough on his parents, absolutely. But he did break the law and he’s going to have to pay for it now,” said another neighbor.
Evans faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and/or a $1 million dollar fine.
A sentencing date has not been set.