Disgraced former sheriff found with drugs in jail


Kendall Downing

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Ill. - We have continuing coverage on the bizarre case of a former local sheriff, already serving time for dealing drugs, now accused of more shady behavior from inside his jail cell.

Ex-Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin was found guilty of drug dealing and implicated in a murder-for-hire plot back in January of 2011.

A federal appeals court tossed his original punishment of two life sentences because the judge didn't follow sentencing guidelines. Martin was back in Williamson County waiting to be resentenced, originally on Thursday.

Investigators said they found eight grams of white powder along with more than twenty pills.

Williamson County jailers found the pills and powder in Raymond Martin's cell back on October 30th. An initial field test of the powder showed it was cocaine.

But how did the drugs get into Martin's cell at the Williamson County Jail?

According to federal documents, jailers searched the cell before he arrived. Then later that night, a shakedown revealed the pills and powder, behind his toothpaste tube and toilet paper. Martin admitted the drugs were his.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney's office are looking into how Martin got his hands on the contraband.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said he couldn't comment, citing the ongoing federal investigation, but he did tell Local 6 no jail employees have been disciplined because of the incident.

The U.S. Attorney's office filed a motion, as proof it plans to bring up Martin's "continued involvement in drug related criminal activity" when he's sentenced again in a matter of days.

That sentencing is scheduled for December 7th.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton told Local 6 there's no timetable for when or if those new drug-related charges could be filed.