COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Fair Bluff's police chief is in hot water after being charged with selling drugs on the job.
The district attorney says officers arrested Marty Lewis yesterday while he was taking part of a drug-deal on duty and in uniform.
A Columbus County grand jury indicted Lewis for multiple felonies. The most serious of these charges are conspiracy to traffic prescription drugs and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Lewis would not answer our questions today on his way into court for a bond hearing.
District Attorney Jon David says this is not an isolated incident. He says the SBI and Columbus County Sheriff's Office have been investigating Lewis for about seven months. Today's hearing revealed the investigation began his own officers reportedly told investigators Lewis allegedly staged a robbery of guns.
"Prosecuting the chief of police represents some special challenges, and among those is the fact that a lot of our cases pending in the court system were initiated by the Fair Bluff Police Department," David said. "So we're going to evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether or not we are able to proceed on those matters."
Lewis faces several drug charges. After his hearing he went back to jail under a $150,000 bond. He quickly bonded out again. The judge also gave clear instructions for Lewis to stay away from the Fair Bluff Police station.