Former Jackson Co. sheriff charged after KSP find marijuana grow operation

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JACKSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The former sheriff of Jackson County ended up on the wrong side of the law.

Kentucky State Police arrested Dennis Peyman for cultivating marijuana and trafficking a controlled substance (anabolic steroid).

According to Peyman's arrest citation, police executed a search warrant at his home after previously finding 61 marijuana plants growing on his farm. Investigators say Peyman had an agreement with two other people to harvest the marijuana., which police found drying in a barn.

Upon searching inside the home, officers said they found eight vials of anabolic steroids for which Peyman did not have a prescription. Investigators say they found three loaded firearms that they believe were strategically placed to defend the marijuana growing operation.

Peyman served as Jackson County Sheriff for several years before leaving office at the end of 2014. He made headlines in January of 2014 when he interrupted a fiscal court meeting to arrest the county judge executive and the county treasurer. A prosecutor later dismissed the charges against both, leading to a lawsuit against Peyman that resulted in a roughly $62,000 settlement.



 
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