Former Rising Star Police Chief William Jason Kelcy was arrested Wednesday for alleged possession of controlled substance in drug-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The 41-year-old Kelcy was released from Brown County Jail Wednesday night on bonds totaling $10,500.
Kelcy was arrested after representatives of the Early Police Department and federal agents from the Defensive Criminal Investigative Service allegedly found illegal drugs while executing a federal search warrant at an apartment in the 1000 block of Early Boulevard.
In a news release, Early Chief of Police David Mercer said the search warrant was a result of a federal investigation into a program charged with supplying law enforcement with surplus military equipment. While at the residence, Mercer said officers found less than one gram of what appeared to be methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, such as glass pipes. The substance was tested and it proved to be methamphetamine, Mercer said.
Earlier this year, Kelcy was fired after five years as Rising Star's police chief amid misconduct allegations. No one from the Rising Star police department was available for comment. Also, Rising Star city administrator Darwin Archer said city officials were not commenting at this time.
In addition to being Rising Star's police chief, Kelcy is an ex-member of the Early City Council. Early's city manager Ken Thomas said he was surprised when he heard the news of his former co-worker's arrest.