Indicted constables now accused of meth trafficking
PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two indicted Pulaski County constables now are accused of trafficking in methamphetamine.
Gary Baldock, 56, and Michael ‘Wally’ Wallace, 46, will be arraigned on the new indictment on July 14, according to federal court records.
The new indictments charge both men with trafficking in meth on March 6, 2020, the day they were arrested on federal charges of abusing their positions to violate citizens’ civil rights through false arrests, harassment, threats and theft or under-reporting of confiscated goods.
WTVQ-TV ABC 36 News previously reported FBI agents found suspected meth in the trunk of Baldock’s District 4 constable’s car when he was arrested following a shoot out at his home. But news of Wallace being in possession of the highly addictive drug comes with the new indictment.
According to the indictments, if convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison on the trafficking charge, as much as $1 million in fines an three years of supervised release.
FBI agents served indictments on both men early on the morning of March 6. Wallace, who has represented District 5 for 15 years and built a reputation as a no-nonsense anti-drug lawman, was arrested without incident.
Baldock, however, opened fire with a Glock Model 23 .40-caliber handgun on FBI agents, wounding one while being injured himself.
Two federal judges have refused to allow him free on bond and he remains in jail, despite health issues. Wallace is out of jail on bond.
While both men face up to 10 years if convicted on the civil rights charges, Baldock, who was just elected in November 2018, could get as much as life for the use of a firearm and attempted murder charges stemming from the shoot out.
The two men both were going to stand trial Aug. 3 on the civil rights charges and then Baldock three weeks later on Aug. 24 on the shooting allegations. It’s unclear how the new drug charges will impact those dates.
The civil rights violations allegedly started in mid-November 2018, shortly after Baldock, who had a law enforcement background in Casey County, was elected and joined with Wallace on unconstitutional actions that continued through at least September 2019, when Wallace began to get suspicious of the ongoing FBI investigation.