Raceland Councilman to Keep Seat Despite Drug Charges

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RACELAND, Ky. (AP) – Although a majority of Raceland City Council members voted to impeach councilman Matt Abrams after he pleaded guilty to drug charges, he will remain in office.

The Daily Independent reports the council voted 3-2 Tuesday to remove Abrams from his position, but state law mandates an impeachment ruling must be reached unanimously.

On Thanksgiving, Boyd County Sheriff’s deputies noticed suspicious activity near Abrams’ car. A deputy said Abrams was searched and found with possession of oxycodone, suboxone and a small bag of marijuana. He was arrested on several drug charges.

Abrams later told WSAZ-TV the situation was a “misunderstanding” and he had a prescription for the pills.

In December, Abrams pleaded guilty to all charges, and a tampering charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to two years of probation.