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LaRue deputy jailer arrested on drug charges

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By Doug Ponder

A LaRue County Detention Center employee was arrested for drug trafficking on Tuesday, May 9.

Bradley Russell, 43, of Hodgenville was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a news release from the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, the investigation began when detectives received information that Bradley Russell, who was a deputy jailer at the Larue County Detention Center, was bringing illegal contraband into the jail to inmates. With the assistance of the Larue County Jailer Johnny Cottrell, detectives were able to introduce an undercover officer to Bradley Russell.

Bradley Russell met with the undercover officer at a park-and-ride in Elizabethtown on Tuesday, May 9 and was paid with 10 Oxycodone pills to deliver 2.3 grams of Heroin and 21 Oxycodone pills into the Larue County Detention Center.

Kimberly Russell of Shepherdsville was also present during the meeting and brought 21 Hydrocodone pills to trade for 7 Oxycodone pills. Kimberly Russell had an additional 97 Hydrocodone pills with her at the time of their arrest. She was also charged with trafficking in controlled substance first degree over 20 dosage units (Hydrocodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bradley Russell was charged with trafficking in controlled substance first degree (Heroin), Trafficking in controlled substance first degree over 20 dosage units (Hydrocodone), trafficking in controlled substance first degree (oxycodone) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bradley Russell is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 partially secured bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 19 is to in Hardin County District Court.

Kimberly Russell was released from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $10,000 unsecured bond on Wednesday. No court date has been set for her at this time.

LaRue County Jailer Johnny Cottrill could not be reached at this time. See the May 17 edition of the LaRue County Herald News for the complete story.