I spoke with Capt. Scott Starns, the Captain of Patrol and Public Information officer for the Georgetown police, on Monday. He gave me a few details of Bud Mackey’s arrest last Friday.
Mackey, 18, was arrested at 5:09 p.m., almost exactly two hours after the Georgetown police were first notified that there was a problem with the local basketball star.
Mackey was found, smelling of marijuana, shortly after 3 p.m. outside the school. During a subsequent search of Mackey’s belongings and person, school administrators discovered 1.6 grams of rock cocaine — broken into five separate rocks — and $29 in Mackey’s shoes. At that point the case was turned over to the Georgetown police and Mackey — as well as his grandfather, who had been called by the school — where taken to the police station.
After giving a statement to police, Mackey was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree, first offense) as well as trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.
The first charge is a Class C felony and the second is a Class D felony in Kentucky, though Starns said that prosecutors often choose to concentrate on only one charge instead of pressing forward with both.
According to Starns, Mackey was charged with trafficking — as opposed to possession — because of the statements he made to both school officials and police. He told them he was carrying the drugs and planned to deliver them to an undisclosed person.