Third Clarion employee indicted in illegal drug distribution case

Amelia Holliday aholliday@civitasmedia.com

July 16, 2014

HAZARD—A third Perry County man has been federally indicted in an ongoing investigation into illegal distribution of controlled substances from their offices.

According to documents from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, Benny Ray Bailey, Jr., former Kentucky State Representative candidate for District 84, was indicted on June 5, on one count of conspiracy to distribute and unlawfully dispense schedule II controlled substances, one count of conspiracy to distribute and unlawfully dispense schedule III controlled substances, and one count of operating a drug involved premises.

James Dustin Chaney and Andrew Krasuski, who were both physicians at Clarion Health and Wellness in Hazard, were also indicted on June 5, on the same charges.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported last week that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure had issued an emergency suspension order for Chaney.

Chaney’s attorney, Paul K. Croley, II, said his client had no comment regarding the indictment. Krasuski’s attorney, Thomas Hunter Payne, also declined to comment at this time on the matter.

Bailey is not yet represented according to the federal indictment.

The current custody statuses for Bailey, Chaney, and Krasuski are all listed as released, according to the federal district court documents.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.