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Clay County Officials In Court

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Three former Manchester city officials are accused of making one million dollars from illegally dealing drugs while in office.

Monday, one pleaded guilty in federal court, while two others retain their innocence.

The newest indictment includes former mayor Daugh White, who just ended a 30 year run in office.

From school bus driver, to 911 director to city council member...Vernon Hacker says he served the public of Manchester since 1996.

Now, he's pleading guilty to federal drug charges during six of those years dealing in Cocaine, Oxycontin and Methadone.

In Hacker's plea agreement, we get one of the first glimpses of why he says the drug deals began.

In 1999, he says the, then mayor, Daugh White paid, known drug dealer, Bobby Joe Curry to burn down a home sitting on the property the city wanted for construction of a new 911 center the plea agreement says Hacker and, the then, assistant chief of police Todd Roberts, assisted in the planned arson. He says Curry was given 22 grams of cocaine as payment for the arson and a promise of protection in the future from police investigations.

The 911 center that sits on that property today, is named after mayor Daugh White.

White pleaded not guilty to his federal charges, involving dealings in cocaine and prescription pain killers, conspiring with Roberts, Hacker, Curry and others.

Attorney Kevin West who is representing white didn't want to talk on camera, but told WYMT, he "believes Daugh white is a very good man."

Meanwhile, remaining co-defendant Todd Roberts maintained his innocence in federal court as well pleading not guilty, for a third time.

The united states says these are very serious allegations and the investigation is still on-going.


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