Upton man claims search was illegal

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 An Upton man who was charged with several counts last June claims the search of his home was unreasonable and illegal.

Brian Robin Austin, 51, of Upton-Talley Road, was charged with possession of marijuana (enhanced); buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of firearm by convicted felon; and possession of handgun by convicted felony, by LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson, acting in concert with the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force. 

Jeremy Aldridge, who represents Austin, filed an order Feb. 17 in LaRue Circuit Court asking that evidence seized from the residence be suppressed from being introduced at trial. According to court documents, officers went to Austin’s residence after an anonymous tip alleged drug activity.

He asks also that the charge of possession of firearm by convicted felon be dismissed because Austin is not a convicted felon.

A hearing was scheduled for March 17. Pretrial is set for July 18, with trial by jury on July 28.