A trial date has been set for Aug. 9 for Lynch City Police Chief Jackie Stewart, who was arrested by the FBI along with Retti Morris on a federal indictment on Friday.
The FBI arrested Stewart on 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 for the unlawful sale of a firearm to a felon.
According to the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office in London, Stewart and Morris have both entered pleas of not guilty. Detention hearings for Stewart and Morris originally scheduled for Thursday have been continued with no date set for a future hearing. In order to schedule a detention hearing, defense attorneys must file a motion requesting it.
Detention hearings determine if defendants remain incarcerated while awaiting trial.
Stewart and Morris are set for jury trials on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Lynch City Clerk Erica Eldridge said Stewart has been suspended from his position without pay.
According to Eldridge, Stewart was the only police officer employed by the city. The Benham City Police, Cumberland City Police and Kentucky State Police are helping to patrol and answer calls in Lynch. Lynch is not currently seeking a new police chief.
According to count one of the three-count indictment, 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.
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