By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
OXFORD – Searn Lynch, a former Lafayette County narcotics investigator, will plead guilty in federal court April 15, although it’s not clear to what charge.
Lynch, 38 of Oxford, was indicted Jan. 28 on two counts – that he illegally doctor-shopped for prescription painkillers and other drugs and that, as a law enforcement officer, he carried a firearm while committing the crime.
He pleaded not guilty and was due for trial the same day he now will enter a guilty plea.
Last February, Lynch’s attorney, Tony Farese of Ashland, secured a trial delay after telling the court he needed more time “to reach a resolution” to negotiate with prosecutors.
Lynch was chief of the Oxford/Lafayette County Metro Narcotics Unit before becoming an Oxford police detective.
He is accused of a five-year scheme to acquire 831 doses of painkillers and other drugs from 17 different health care providers from 2007-2012.
If convicted on both counts, he faced up to 14 years in prison and $500,000 fines or both.