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Former Hamilton County magistrate briefly jailed on charges after drug sting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A former Hamilton County magistrate who lost his job after he was caught in a drug sting was briefly jailed Friday. 

William Greenaway, 50, of Noblesville, was released about noon Friday from Community North Hospital in Indianapolis Friday and later taken to the Hamilton County Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement and obstruction of justice, said a news release from Indiana State Police.

A special judge from Tipton County had ordered the former magistrate to be booked into jail immediately upon release from the hospital.

By 5 p.m. Friday, Greenaway had been released from jail on his own recognizance, according to online records.

The 50-year-old has been accused of buying meth from an undercover police informant, attempting to conceal the plastic bag of drugs from authorities by swallowing it and biting a detective who tried to pry his mouth open to retrieve the evidence, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by News 8. 

The investigation into his alleged meth habit commenced in November, authorities said.

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Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann has been assigned as the special prosecutor in this case. 

Hamilton County judges voted Tuesday to fire Greenaway from his position as a superior court magistrate, officials said in a statement.

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed proceedings against Greenaway following his arrest and suspension, online records revealed.

Greenway’s attorney, Rodney T. Sarkovics, did not immediately reply to a late Friday afternoon email seeking comment. 

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