EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCandidate For Sheriff Facing Trafficking Charge In Johnson County
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Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 10, 2013 9:22 AM EDT
Paintsville , Johnson County , Kentucky
A man who had intended to run in office for the sheriff of Johnson County is facing drug trafficking charges.
John T. Kline, 42, of West Van Lear was charged with trafficking a controlled substance on Friday.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Department and other police agencies had been conducting a drug investigation on the suspect for nearly 18 months, the department said. Detectives believed the suspect was "doctor shopping" and brought thousands of pills to the area. On Thursday and Friday, officers coordinated a sting operation where a confidential informant allegedly bought 100 pills for $3,000 from the suspect. Officers said they searched the suspect's home where they found 100 pills, cash and 18 guns.
Kline is expected to face several trafficking charges in federal court. Kline was being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center with bond set at $50,000. The Associated Press reported Kline filed a statement in March for his intent to run for Johnson County sheriff.
The AP contributed to this report.
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