Jeff Ginn, 55, of Vanceburg, was sentenced on four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana.
Two of the controlled substance charges are Class C felonies, for which Ginn was given six years on each.
The other two are Class D, and Ginn was given five years for each of them.
The two possession charges are Class A misdemeanors, and Ginn got a year for each of them.
Ginn could have spent 24 years in prison if he served each term consecutively. But he will serve concurrent sentences instead, spending six years in prison.
Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Lewis D. Nicholls was the sentencing judge.
Ginn was a deputy from 1982 until 1998. According to the sheriff's department, Ginn was arrested in November 2004 after illegal drug trafficking was observed at his house.
Ginn was one of several who were arrested during a Thanksgiving holiday drug sweep that year.
Anyone with knowledge of drug activity can call the sheriff's department at (606) 796-0123. Tips also can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All callers will remain anonymous.
JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.