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Grand jury orders man freed from drug charges



A Letcher County grand jury has declined to indict a Sandlick man who was charged in November with trafficking in cocaine.

The grand jury ordered January 20 that the charges against Buddy Sexton, 73, of 103 Memory Lane, be dismissed, adding that the “individual is discharged.”

Sexton, the president of the Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department, was arrested at in early November after members of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department found approximately three ounces of cocaine, and five hydrocodone and Xanax tablets in the red Chevrolet truck he was driving. Police also seized $1,840 in cash and a .38 caliber handgun.

Sexton was charged with firstdegree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) and prescription of a controlled drug not in a proper container.

In a “report of no true bill and order of dismissal” signed by Letcher Circuit Judge Samuel T. Wright III, the grand jury said it could not take action on the matter because the “complaining witness requested a dismissal due to matter being an ongoing investigation and case being referred to federal authorities.”

The grand jury also ordered the return of a $10,000 cash bond posted on behalf of Sexton.



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