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.