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Court date set for ex-worker accused of giving inmate meth

February 19, 2019

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A court date has been set for a former Hickman, Kentucky, public works employee accused of providing an inmate under his supervision with methamphetamine.

The Paducah Sun reports a judge on Thursday scheduled a May pretrial conference for 47-year-old Joseph Benjamin Lattus III. Lattus was arrested in December on charges including trafficking in a controlled substance.

A Fulton County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Lattus was paid $400 to supply drugs to the inmate, who later tested positive for methamphetamine. It says a search of the city sewer plant where Lattus and his inmate crew worked uncovered other contraband including pornography and tobacco.

It says Lattus admitted to taking money from an inmate who wanted him to buy drugs, but denied purchasing the drugs. It’s unclear if Lattus has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com