A state trooper who was in charge of disposing of prescription pills but kept them instead was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation.

Christopher Kober, 46, was convicted of possession of Schedule II controlled substances.

U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly said Kober was employed by the Nebraska State Patrol and assigned to the DEA Drug Diversion Task Force. One of his responsibilities was collecting prescription drugs left at collection boxes that were set up to dispose of old and unused prescription drugs in the “drug take-back” program.

On March 17, 2017, officers went to Kober’s residence in Bellevue and recovered 1,800 pills of various dosage amounts. The pills and substances included Acetaminophen Hydrocodone Bitartrate; Oxycodone Hydrochloride; Acetaminophen Oxycodone; Morphine Sulfate and Fentanyl patches, Kelly said.

The pills, with an estimated street value of $18,000, were found in a bag with Kober’s personal belongings, Kelly said.

As part of his plea agreement and sentence, Kober will surrender his law enforcement certification, forego any administrative appeal of his termination from the Nebraska State Patrol, and not seek future employment in law enforcement.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bellevue Police, Kelly said.