Drug Investigation Botched

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

The Commonwealth's Attorney in Adair County says lies told by an undercover informant working with Kentucky State Police made it impossible to prosecute a series of drug cases.

Last Friday, two charges against 31-year-old Chad Bridgewaters were dismissed and another charge of first-degree trafficking was lessened to second degree. He pleaded guilty to that charge.

The Commonwealth says these actions resulted from false statements given by a female undercover informant, who is currently under indictment in Adair Circuit Court.

Four other relatives of Bridgewaters had their charges dismissed Friday as well. Meanwhile, Chad's cousin, former Adair County basketball standout Kevin Bridgewaters saw his charges dropped almost three weeks ago.

He was indicted for trafficking in cocaine and engaging in an organized crime syndicate. He pleaded not guilty last September, but on February 24, Judge James Weddle dismissed the case. No reason was given, and the tape of the proceedings was ordered sealed until after September 15.

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