Johnson constable indicted in drug case

PAINTSVILLE — A Johnson County constable was arrested Friday after being indicted on four charges of obtaining a prescription by fraud in connection with "doctor shopping" for painkillers, the state attorney general's office announced.

Constable Terry Ward, 47, of Williamsport was indicted by a Johnson County grand jury after an investigation by the attorney general's office, Operation UNITE and Paintsville city police.

He was being held in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on $5,000 cash bond, the attorney general's office said in a press release.

Ward is accused of trying to obtain hydrocodone, a narcotic painkiller, from several Johnson County doctors.

He has filed to run for re-election as a Republican in Johnson County's 2nd district this year. Constables are peace officers who have the power to arrest and serve warrants, subpoenas and other court orders.