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Henderson police officer arrested on drug charges
Courier & Press by Gavin Lesnick - March 6, 2008

A Henderson Police Department officer is facing more than two dozen criminal counts stemming from an alleged abuse of prescription medications, according to a news release issued this morning. Jim Morgan, 42, was arrested Wednesday, a day after a grand jury returned 27 counts against him for obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or false statement to a practitioner. He was released from the Henderson County Detention Center later Wednesday, posting a $350 bond.

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations in Bowling Green worked the case after the Henderson Police Department requested an investigation regarding possible medication abuse by Morgan. That request was made in December 2007. Henderson Police Department Major Frank Williams said the department will not comment on the arrest because it has its own ongoing internal investigation into the incident.

He said Morgan has been on leave from the department since December 2007. Morgan was the Republican candidate for Henderson County sheriff in 2006, losing to Sheriff Ed Brady by a large margin.

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