A Floyd County resident who was arrested for drug possession and other alleged crimes while he was employed as a sheriff’s deputy opted not to undergo a trial this month.
Brandon Martin, 32, of Langley, was scheduled to undergo a trial on Sept. 10, but instead pleaded guilty earlier this month to two charges against him.
He was initially charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and several traffic violations.
He pleaded guilty on Sept. 3 to DUI and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, court documents show, and all other charges were dismissed.
District Judge Eric Hall sentenced Martin to pay more than $500 in fines and court costs for the DUI charge and ordered him to attend alcohol and drug education classes. On the drug possession charge, he sentenced Martin to serve 180 days, suspended, with Martin serving 14 days in jail and being placed on probation for two years. The record shows Martin is required to remain in custody until Sept. 16. On Sept. 13, he is scheduled to return to Floyd District Court for a hearing to determine his eligibility for drug court.
According to documents filed in Floyd District Court, Martin allegedly showed his Floyd County Sheriff Deputy card when he was asked for his driver’s license during a traffic stop on Ky. 80 on Jan. 10.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Darvin Marsillett said in the citation that “there was a strong odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle Martin was driving when he pulled him over that evening and he failed field sobriety tests. Several pills were also found in Martin’s pocket during the traffic stop, the citation said.
His employment with the sheriff’s department ended after his arrest in January, and officials previously reported he did not work on criminal cases during his employment there.