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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Former Bullitt County, Kentucky, Sheriff Charged With Attempting To Obstruct Justice And Aiding And Abetting A Bullitt County Special Deputy In A Conspiracy To Distribute Marijuana

Alleged criminal activity took place during a one year period while David Greenwell served as Bullitt County Sheriff

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A former Bullitt County, Kentucky, Sheriff was charged by grand jury indictment, under seal, with four counts of attempting to obstruct the due administration of justice while serving as sheriff, and with one count of aiding and abetting in a conspiring to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

 

David Greenwell, of Bullitt County, was arrested today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin Lindsay in Louisville.

 

According to the indictment, that was unsealed today, the alleged illegal activity was committed by Greenwell, between June of 2014, and July of 2015, while he served as Bullitt County Sheriff.

 

In June of 2014, Greenwell allegedly attempted to obstruct, influence and impede an official proceeding (a federal criminal prosecution) by arranging a secret meeting with C.M., a Bullitt County Special Deputy, who was the subject of state and federal criminal investigations, and for informing C.M. that he was under investigation, and for providing C.M. of the name of a potential government witness.

 

In July of 2014, Greenwell allegedly corruptly attempted to obstruct, influence, and impede, a federal criminal prosecution, by informing C. M., a Bullitt County Special Deputy and the subject of state and federal criminal investigations, that his place of business was under photographic surveillance (pole camera).

On May 15, 2015, Greenwell allegedly attempted to obstruct, impede, and interfere with a duly authorized criminal investigation, disclosed to C.M., a Bullitt County Special Deputy and the subject of state and federal criminal investigations, the contents of wire communications, that were intercepted as part of the criminal investigation.

 

Further, in July of 2015, Greenwell allegedly corruptly attempted to obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, a federal criminal prosecution, by arranging a secret meeting with L.M., a Bullitt County Special Deputy and a person of interest in state and federal criminal investigations, and provided him with the names of three potential government witnesses in the federal prosecution.

 

In addition, between July of 2014 and July of 2015, Greenwell, while serving as Bullitt County Sheriff, allegedly aided and abetted C.M, while he served as a Bullitt County Special Deputy, in a conspiracy, to distribute 1000 kilograms or more of marijuana.

 

If convicted at trial, Greenwell could be sentenced to no less than ten years, including a life sentence, ordered to pay a fine of $11 million, and serve up to a five year period of supervised release.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

 

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Public Corruption
Updated May 3, 2017