Fmr. corrections officer pleads not guilty to drug trafficking, possession charges

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 12:59 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A four and a half year veteran of Metro Corrections and two and a half year veteran of the Kentucky National Guard has been charged with heroin trafficking and possession of steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Thirty-six-year-old Gary Rone was in a Jefferson District court room Wednesday morning and entered a not-guilty plea at the arraignment.

Three weeks ago, around two in the afternoon, Metro Police said 28-year-old Dustin Swan got out of Rone's car on Alford Street in the Portland neighborhood, went into a house and emerged 45 seconds later. When police pulled Rone over, they said they found marijuana and heroin on Swan.

Police then conducted a search of Rone's apartment near Iroquois Park, and according to the citation, police said they found steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Two days later, Rone submitted a resignation letter to Metro Corrections. His attorney said Rone had planned to resign anyway to pursue other opportunities.

WHAS11's review of Rone's personnel file shows several suspensions related to his use of sick days, but no mention of any drug activity.

Rone's attorney said his client maintains his innocence but the defense will wait for all evidence and discover in the case before commenting further.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold has more on the story, click the video player above.

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