Former deputy clerk arrested

McGaughey was indicted on drug charges earlier this week

State Journal staff report, Published:

An arrest warrant had just been issued for Brad McGaughey when the former Franklin Circuit Court deputy clerk at the center of a drug investigation walked into the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Pat Melton said.

Melton said he didn’t know why McGaughey was there, but he was taken away from his former workplace in handcuffs.

The 31-year-old was booked into the Franklin County Regional Jail on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond — or $1,000. He has since been released.

McGaughey was indicted Tuesday for first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies executed a search warrant at McGaughey’s Woodland Avenue home after he was named as the possible source of a list that included undercover police vehicle identifiers, found inside the home of a heavily armed drug dealer.

“It has been confirmed that that was an internal police document,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said, explaining that it included information that was not public record.

During the search, Becker said they found a baggie with suspected cocaine residue, a marijuana bud and digital scales.

The drugs were sent to the Kentucky State Police lab, Becker said. Results allegedly confirm the substances are cocaine and marijuana, leading to Tuesday’s indictment.

Becker said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could follow.

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  • user_34989, July 31, 2014 2:25PM

    "BU, Duh!!!!!!!  Just about everything you post is "RIDICULOUS."  We haven't seen an original thought from your postings in months."

    With your blanket general assessment aside (which didn't take any thought and certainly was not original) perhaps you would care to name one thing that I have said that is incorrect?

  • Must be nice - I can't afford to take a vacation and I don't do what these useless bottom feeders do - which is peddle drugs to vulnerable junkies.  They profit moreso from others' weaknesses, despite what BU thinks or regurgitates (selectively) from various sources on the internet.

    Preach it CC preach it....

  • Isn't that Stipes "kid" on vacation in Florida with his girlfriend? Maybe, if he's lucky, this McGaughey kid can join them on vacation.

    Must be nice - I can't afford to take a vacation and I don't do what these useless bottom feeders do - which is peddle drugs to vulnerable junkies.  They profit moreso from others' weaknesses, despite what BU thinks or regurgitates (selectively) from various sources on the internet.

  • BU, Duh!!!!!!!  Just about everything you post is "RIDICULOUS."  We haven't seen an original thought from your postings in months.

  • ffort: "Bruno- if you are correct and they were police officers, the only thing that would make a better story is they were in the same department."

    Some of them were as well as the City...guess which ones they are by just looking at them!

  • steve_fry, July 31, 2014 10:12AM

    "Thanks, Bruno, for "reading articles like this one"."

    How else am I gonna criticize these insane policies if I don't read it?

  • SF...it's his brother from another mother. lol

  • An arrest warrant had just been issued for Brad McGaughey, Melton said he didn’t know why McGaughey was there.

    Uhhh, he was there the same way the news got there. He was set up with a phone call and Melton had the cameras there waiting.

    Mountain out of a mole hill is about right and on par.

  • @SF  LOL  "I thought that WAS Melton on McGuaghey's arm"

  • pitch-I don't really peg Bruno as being a female. Not that it matters either way.

    Bruno- if you are correct and they were police officers, the only thing that would make a better story is they were in the same department.  I can't really blame Kristina, I blame Dix and the former editor.  We haven't had an investigative reporter in YEARS!  I doubt she was hired to do that job.  I don't really care to see the "crime beat" in the paper everyday.  I think we should feature people that do good things in the community.

    DVM- He treats everything like a major columbian cartel member. What is new?   This story does NOT add up. Hope this guy has a good attorney. 

     

  • And LOL at "Melton's clone"! I thought that WAS Melton on McGaughey's arm.

  • Thanks, Bruno, for "reading articles like this one".

  • Mr. McGaughey is at the CENTER of this drug investigation....???

    Excuse me but I thought that Stipes kid was the brain (or obvious lack thereof) behind this trafficking investigation.

    Cocaine RESIDUE and ONE bud and he gets a $10,000 bond...??? WTF

    Melton is treating this like he just arrested a major columbian cartel member.

     

  • ffort2013, July 30, 2014 8:41PM

    "Bruno-Where does it say that he sold steroids to three COPS?  I know that it said he sold in three other counties but where did it say cops ? Did their respective departments take care of it? Or was it three other cops in this county?"

    The articles did not mention who Brown sold the steroids to, but remember Kristina wrote the article and she is incapable of asking a follow-up question.  But Brown lived in Owneton (where there is no gym, thus no sales there) and did not have time to visit gyms and develop relationships and trust with civilians.  He already had the contacts with police officers so it is an elementary deduction that he sold them to the police.  Plus, anyone who has been in a gym for anytime knows that it is the police that are the main users of steroids...roid rage and just look at their bodies!  What civilian was gonna buy illegal drugs from a known narc at the gym?  Nobody, as it may be a sting.  

    Covering the "crime beat" is Kristina Belcher's job, but what it the point of reading articles like this one?  It's just all packaged messaging from the Sheriff and Prosecutor Cleveland's office anyway...copied off of the police blotter.  The State Journal prints their counter narrative (aka cover story) verbatim, no questions asked regardless of how illogical or hyperbolic it is...and this one is hyped to the max and hypocritical to boot.  They are cheereladers not investigative journalists!

     

    FU8:  "I really look forward to each of BrunoUno’s post. The more she rambles and rants her “spin,” the more ridiculous she proves herself to be. Please keep them coming!"

    Please tell me anything that I said that is "ridiculous", much less incorrect and why.  It should be easy pickins for such a weighty thinker as yourself.  Anything?  If you really want something to "look forward to" then engage with more than an ad hominem attack.  I will be glad to keep them coming.

  • john_doe, July 30, 2014 7:59PM

    "What do you mean "YOU people" ??

    *** that code for "whitey" ??"

    What I mean by "YOU people" is YOU people reading this that are allowing this gross disparity in treatment by Sheriff Melton with FBI indicted Matt Brown (who got the kid gloves) after apparently selling anabolic steroids to cops (as a known narc, who else could he have sold them to?) in 3 counties and McGaughey getting frog marched out of the Country Jail with Melton's clone holding on to his arm to keep him from escaping (after he walked in upon hearing of his indictment). Really, over a residue in a baggie and a bud!

    Of course, John_Doe if the shoe fits, wear it. 

     

  • Everyone needs to keep in mind there is more going on here than what the paper is reporting. While it makes for some interesting afternoon reading it is really nothing more than a bathroom accessory. 

    While I am reluctant to report all the facts of the situation I will say this is in part "a dish best served cold" by a certain elected official.

    While I am not trying to totally exonerate Mr. McGaughey from any responsibility of his actions I firmly believe this has much to do with mountains and mole hills.

  • @pitchforkprotester

    "Bruno is a "SHE"? That explains the rants."

    So now you are going to start a war on women? That might not be something you want to start. Remember to choose your battles wisely.

     

  • "State Journal staff report, Published: July 30, 2014 4:22PM"

    Even they are embarrassed about this report.

  • Bruno is a "SHE"? That explains the rants..Or is it really a he that is suffering with the side effects of Risperdal and is confused about which way the rope swings?

  • I really look forward to each of BrunoUno’s post. The more she rambles and rants her “spin,” the more ridiculous she proves herself to be. Please keep them coming!

  • Waste of money here. A white powder residue? Is that more, less or the same amount the city charged a guy with last week but just issued a citation?  This isn't war on drugs or war on some drugs. This is "I need to keep my name out there".

  • Bruno-Where does it say that he sold steroids to three COPS?  I know that it said he sold in three other counties but where did it say cops ? Did their respective departments take care of it? Or was it three other cops in this county?

  • WTH?

     

    SJ censors  "IS" ??

  • What do you mean "YOU people" ??

    *** that code for "whitey" ??

     

    Oh, the bigotry and slime that drips from the mouths, eh Bruno?

  • That would be properly described as a marijuana "bud" (how big is a bud?  Tiny.), white powder residue in a baggie that was later determined to be cocaine and drug paraphenalia (most likely rolling papers, available at your local gas station/convenience store and not illegal). And let's call it like it is, this is a trumped-up charge (and thus intellectually dishonest) as is really is all about off the books punishment for McGaughey having that list of officers names, badge numbers and car numbers, all of which are PUBLIC RECORD.  Since these are not illegal the Sheriff who claimed that "he didn’t know why McGaughey was there" (was he lying or ignorant?) decided to throw the book at McGaughey to teach him a lesson about being too nosey about the IDs of his local constabulary. Cops love to dish it ouot by snooping into others most personal places (cavity searches, bedrooms, panty drawers) and business (what you on, boy?), but they can't take it themselves. Thus, McGaughey is a casualty of the War on Some Drugs.

    Melton surely didn't treat his own Deputy Matt Brown that way when he was allowing him to sell illegal drugs to other cops in 3 counties out of his office and stealing out of the drug buy funds. Melton let Brown resign so as not to tarnish his good name.  What is wrong with this picture? Are these people crazy?

    Are YOU people crazy to allow that?