Corbin (AP) — A former judge and current attorney found himself on the opposite side of the law Thursday night, the Corbin Times-Tribune reported
Jason Paul Price, 38, was arrested Thursday afternoon and booked into the Whitley County Detention Center.
He was the former District 34 judge before he lost his re-election bid to current Judge Fred White — now Price faces one count of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said the arrest came after a year-long investigation.
"This arrest was the result of a two-part investigation on drug trafficking," Bird explained. "He (Price) wasn't selling (drugs)."
Bird explained that the state statute defines "trafficking" to include purchasing, selling or giving illicit drugs.
"He was purchasing," Bird alleged. "We had some very recent information develop that he was allegedly taking drugs as payment for legal fees."
He said that ramped up the ongoing investigation.
"We had a break in that recently, and that led to his arrest today (Thursday)," Bird continued. "We used a cooperating source to make the legal fee payment."
He said a meeting was then scheduled.
"We arranged a meeting and conducted the transaction," the chief said, alleging that Price accepted 15 oxycodone tablets, 30 mg each, and $500. "He (Price) was taken down immediately in the Taco Bell parking lot."
Right now, Bird said only one charge has been lodged against Price.
"There will be additional charges brought before a grand jury at some point," Bird said.
Detective Bobby Freeman arrested Price — the detective leads the investigation.
Bird added that Freeman levied the trafficking charge — he himself plans to pursue other charges against Price.
Assisting at the scene were K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt and Officer Ashley Wampler.