Lynch police chief pleads not guilty to drug charges

LYNCH, Ky. (AP) – An eastern Kentucky police chief and his girlfriend have pleaded not guilty to federal drug and weapons charges.
Media outlets report that Chief Jackie Stewart and his girlfriend Rettie Morris entered their not guilty pleas on Monday. A grand injury indicted them last week after a federal investigation into drugs being sold in the area. The two were arrested on Friday.
A federal indictment accuses Stewart and Morris of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, methamphetamine and the opiate replacement drug Suboxone. In another count, they are accused of selling cocaine. A third count says the two sold a handgun and ammunition to a felon.
The mayor of Lynch, John Adams, says Stewart has been suspended without pay.
Stewart and Morris are scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 9.

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