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NORFOLK A Norfolk woman will join her husband in prison after being sentenced Friday on drug charges.

31-year-old Katherine M. Kephart was sentenced to 78 months behind bars for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five (5) grams or more of methamphetamine, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

She was a Virginia state probation and parole officer employed by the Virginia Beach Probation Office during this time and used her her office to further her husband's drug trafficking activities, prosecutors stated.

Her husband, 43-year-old Charles M. Kephart, received the same sentence late last month.

Prosecutors said the couple was getting quantities of methamphetamine from sources in the Ashville, North Carolina area and distributing in Virginia.

During a search of their home last year, authorities say, they recovered drug paraphernalia, including at least seven small plastic bags or baggies, a piece of aluminum foil, four glass pipes, a spoon, two straws, a razor blade and an electronic scale. Many of these items later tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

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