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Constable enters guilty plea

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By Thomas Barr

 MOUNT WASHINGTON – Just hours after resigning from office, Clifton Joel Hudson entered guilty pleas in Bullitt Circuit Court to a pair of drug-related indictments.

     Hudson, 43, entered a guilty plea to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

     This was a result of a May 28 buy with a confidential informant at his Mount Washington home.

     The second series of charges resulted from his December 2012 arrest. After that arrest, Hudson was indicted for charges in 2010 and 2012 for possession of a controlled substance, for selling prescription painkillers.

     Under the agreement reached with Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions, Hudson agreed on Wednesday to serve 10 years, with five years to serve. The remaining five would be probated. On the most current charges, he would have five years of probation to begin after the serving out of his five years in prison.

     “I appreciate the hard work and assistance we received from the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police in helping to bring this case to a successful close,” said Conway. “Clifton Hudson has betrayed the trust of those who elected him to office and he has jeopardized public safety and health by selling illicit drugs. I am pleased that he will be off of the streets and behind bars.”

     As part of the plea agreement, Hudson resigned on June 4 from his duties as constable of the Second District. He also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and $3,135 to the Springfield Police Department’s Drug Fund to cover investigative expenses between Dec. 16, 2010, and Dec. 14, 2012.