Lynch City Police Chief Jackie Stewart was arrested on Friday on a federal indictment for drug and weapons charges.
Kentucky State Police officials stated they cannot comment on the arrest or charges because the Federal Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation official, the FBI and KSP arrested Stewart on Friday morning following a three-count federal indictment. The indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (crack cocaine), methamphetamine, and buprenorphine (Suboxone). The second count is for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The third count is the unlawful sale of a firearm to a felon.
Also arrested was Rettie D. Morris, who was charged under the same indictment.
A copy of the indictment against Stewart and Morris was obtained courtesy of WYMT Mountain News.
According to count one of the three-count indictment handed down on Thursday, beginning on or about February 2014 and continuing through April 2016, Stewart and Morris conspired together and with others to knowingly and intentionally distribute mixtures or substances containing cocaine, cocaine base (crack), methamphetamine and Suboxone.
Count two of the indictment states Stewart and Morris distributed a mixture or substance containing a quantity of cocaine on Jan. 28.
Count three states on April 14 Stewart and Morris sold a pink Cobra Enterprises of Utah Model C22LR derringer and 17 .22 LR cartridges to a person convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
Count one carries a possible penalty of not more than 20 years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine for the Schedule II controlled substances (cocaine, cocaine base and methamphetamine) and not more than 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for the Schedule III controlled substance (Suboxone).
Count two carries a possible penalty of not more than 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Count three carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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