MOUNT WASHINGTON – The Second District constable has now been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on drug-related charges.
The 12-member panel indicted Clifton Joel Hudson, 43, of Mount Washington.
Hudson was indicted for allegedly selling or distributing 10 Endocet prescription pills, which is a Class C felony for trafficking in a controlled substance.
The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 14, 2012. It carries a possible penalty of 5-10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000-$10,000.
On that same date, Hudson allegedly had cocaine in his possession, which is a Class D felony for possession of a controlled substance.
This is punishable by 1-5 years in prison and a fine of $1,000-$10,000.
The third count for trafficking in a controlled substance allegedly occurred on Dec. 16, 2010, when he sold six oxycodone pills to another individual.
This is also a Class D felony.
Springfield police chief Jim Smith, as well as a detective with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, testified before the grand jury.
The indictments were released on April 10.
Members of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s High Intensity Drug Enforcement team arrested Hudson on Dec. 14, 2012.
In November 2010, Hudson was elected as constable of the Second District. He took office in January 2011 and remains the elected constable.
At the time of the arrest, Lt. Mike Murdoch of the sheriff’s office said that a controlled buy of 10 prescription pills had been made from Hudson.
A search warrant was then obtained and law enforcement officials found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, painkillers and a ledger, which detailed individuals who owed money to Hudson.
Hudson is free on bond.
As a constable, Hudson has full police powers. Murdoch said he has an unmarked car with blue lights and was known to patrol in his district. Hudson has also been there to back up law enforcement agencies in the past.
Attorney Scott Wantland, representing Hudson, said the entire ordeal has sad for the family. He said his client is looking forward to the time when the matter is behind him.
An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward in the case.
A special prosecutor is handling the case.