Former police officer accused of bringing contraband into jail

A former Glasgow and Horse Cave police officer was arrested Tuesday after he was mistakenly released from the Barren County Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

Larry Dale Martin, 35, was initially arrested at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of violating a domestic violence order for which there was no bond set.

Paperwork that had been filed with the Barren County Detention Center reflected that Martin had a $500 unsecured bond which allowed him to sign himself out of jail. Jail personnel were not responsible for the paperwork mishap that led to Martin’s release, Barren County Jailer Tracy Bellamy said.

Martin was mistakenly released and at 11:15 p.m. law enforcement returned to his home to take him back to the jail, according to Barren Circuit Court records.

Martin asked the arresting officer if he could take his Suboxone, according to his arrest citation. He told the officer he wouldn’t be able to get that medication while in jail. The officer allowed him to take a dose of his medication and then took him back to the jail.

Suboxone is a drug commonly used to manage opioid dependence.

About 15 minutes later, a deputy jailer called the arresting officer to tell him that Martin brought a pill into the jail, according to his arrest citation. The arresting officer identified the pill as suspected Suboxone, according to the citation.

Martin was charged with first-degree promoting contraband.

He is being held without bond in the Barren County Detention Center.