Former Searcy police chief pleads guilty to drug charge

Former Searcy police chief pleads guilty to drug charge

SEARCY, AR (KAIT) - Former Searcy Police Chief Jeremy Clark, 36, has pled guilty to possession of hydrocodone.

Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Grover Crossland, Resident Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives announced Monday that Clark had pled guilty.

Clark admitted in court that in August 2014 he obtained hydrocodone from at least one person who was not authorized to distribute the controlled substance.

It is a misdemeanor charge.

United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe sentenced Clark to one year of probation that will include drug counseling and random drug tests and a $1,000 fine.

On March 3, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on Clark's home.

Later that afternoon, Clark resigned as Searcy Police Chief.

As part of the plea agreement, Clark agreed to surrender his law enforcement certification to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

He also cannot apply for or receive any law enforcement certification or commission in the future.

He also agreed he will not seek or accept employment as an officer with agency. That also includes elected or volunteer appointments.

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