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Once-Prominent Colorado Sheriff Now Faces Charges

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan is accused of using and distributing methamphetamine in exchange for sex, according to authorities.

Former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan is accused of using and distributing methamphetamine in exchange for sex, according to authorities.  (Fox31.com)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- There was a time when Patrick Sullivan was known as the anti-drug crusader, the hero and the law enforcer who knew how to get what he wanted.

Nowadays, Sullivan, 68, is no longer the tough-talking lawman. He is the unwanted "old man" that a 911 caller asked police to remove from his home. He is the one who is accused of offering methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex.

Investigators are examining whether Sullivan was involved with drugs while he was sheriff.
Sullivan, who is married with two grown children, has not entered a plea and his attorneys have declined to comment.

Sullivan's career began in 1962 while he was still in high school, until he retired as Arapahoe County sheriff in 2002.