Kentucky attorney, 2 others charged in drug case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Lexington attorney has been charged with investing $100,000 in an alleged drug ring while his brother and fiancée have been charged with trying to obstruct an investigation into the lawyer's financial doings.

The cases of 42-year-old Seth J. Johnston, his fiancée Stacey Birden and his brother, Benjamin Johnston, stem from a web involving an alleged synthetic marijuana dealing ring and accusations of witness tampering and attempted evidence destruction.

Johnston also played a role in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen. Another attorney hired him to help collect a $42 million judgment against four lawyers who have been disbarred for misconduct.

Johnston has pleaded not guilty to dealing synthetic marijuana and lying to the FBI.

Birden and Benjamin Johnston were charged Tuesday. They have not made initial court appearances.

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