Former Bullitt Co. sheriff Greenwell arrested after indictment on federal charges

Former Bullitt Co. sheriff Greenwell arrested after indictment on federal charges

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man who once served as sheriff of Bullitt County has been arrested after being indicted by a federal grand jury.

David Greenwell is charged 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.

"We reap what we sew," Bullitt County Judge Executive Melanie Roberts told us. She accepted David Greenwell's resignation less than three months ago.

"People can make either good choices or poor choices."

Wave 3 news Reporter Natalia Martinez found video of Greenwell from 2011 when he cut the only two deputies on the county's drug task force.

"No way on this earth I would ever let politics dictate right and wrong to me," Greenwell said at the time.

He fired one task force deputy and reassigned the other. The task force had been in place since the mid 90's.

"I mean I just didn't need the services," he said back then. "I mean in reality that's what it was."

Roberts didn't mince her words.

"Be of integrity, be transparent, be accessible and be accountable for your actions," she said.

The indictment, which was unsealed in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin Lindsay, says "the alleged illegal activity was committed by Greenwell, between June of 2014, and July of 2015, while he served as Bullitt County Sheriff."

According to the indictment, in June 2014, Greenwell arranged a secret meeting with a person identified only as C.M., who was a Bullitt County special deputy and was the subject of investigations by state and federal agencies. During the meeting, Greenwell told C.M. that he was under investigation and gave C.M. the name of a potential government witness.

In July 2014, Greenwell is accused of letting C.M know that his business was under photographic surveillance from a pole camera.

On May 15, 2015, federal authorities say Greenwell obstructed a investigation by telling C.M. "the contents of wire communications, that were intercepted as part of the criminal investigation."

During another secret meeting, Greenwell is accused of telling another person, identified as L.M., that he was also under federal investigation and gave him the names of three potential federal witnesses. The indictment says L.M. was also Bullitt County special deputy.

Greenwell is also accused of helping C.M. to distribute 1,000 or more kilograms of marijuana between July 2014 and July 2015 while both men were serving in their official capacities.

On Feb. 24, Greenwell used Twitter to announce his resignation, which was effective Feb. 28.

Roberts says the county is now in good hands speaking of the new sheriff she appointed, Donny Tinnell.

"I want to reassure the citizens that they are very safe. They are secure," she said. "So we continue to move forward."

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