In a plotline even Breaking Bad could not beat, Patrick Sullivan, a former sheriff of the year in Arapahoe County, Colo., was arrested for allegedly trying to trade methamphetamine for sex, according to the Denver Post.


Former 'Sheriff of the Year' Patrick Sullivan's mug shot, following his arrest for allegedly trying to trade meth for sex. (Arapahoe County Sheriff's office, via the Denver Post)

Officers observed Sullivan, 68, allegedly deliver meth to a man's home in Aurora and seek sex in return, the Post reports. The man in question is one of many the former sheriff allegedly had a relationship with, some of whom he bonded out of jails.

This shows that no one is above the law, particularly a current or a former peace officer, said Grayson Robinson, current Arapahoe County Sheriff, according to the Post.

Sullivan served as sheriff from 1984 to his retirement in 2002. He was named national Sheriff of the Year in 2001 by the National Sheriffs' Association. Sullivan also participated in a statewide meth task force the year before.

He is being held in an isolation cell, away from other inmates, on $250,000 bail in an eponymous jail -- the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility. The former sheriff is expected in court as early as this morning. He faces charges of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of a controlled substance, and could face of up six years in jail.

Jim Peter, former county District Attorney, told the Post the charges were a shock.

He was completely ethical, upright and honest. He just oozed honesty and integrity. He was an outstanding sheriff.