Prosecutors: Ex-sheriff found with drugs in jail
ST. LOUIS – A former southern Illinois sheriff awaiting resentencing in a federal drug and foiled murder-for-hire case has been found to have suspected cocaine and prescription pills in his jail cell, a U.S. prosecutor alleges in a court filing.
The 22-page memorandum, filed last week by assistant U.S. attorney James Cutchin, did not indicate how former longtime Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin got the drugs uncovered Oct. 30 in the cell he occupied alone in Illinois’ Williamson County, where he has been jailed since being transferred recently from a federal lockup.
Cutchin also did not indicate whether the discovery of the drugs would mean new legal troubles for Martin, though he wrote in the court filing that “all of this information combines to demonstrate that (his) criminal bent is a deep-seeded one that demands” consideration when he’s sentenced again Dec. 7.
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