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May 16, 2014

Man accused of selling cocaine to confidential informant formally charged

ANDERSON — A man accused of selling cocaine to a confidential informant faces felony charges for three buys alleged to have happened in 2011.

Kraig V. Brown, 20, faces three charges of dealing cocaine, all Class B felonies, for the controlled buys reportedly conducted by Madison County Drug Task Force detectives during April and May of 2011. Brown had the charges processed by Madison County Jail on Thursday and then was released back to prison at the Pendleton Correctional Facility. Brown is serving another set of drug charges from November 2011.

Because a confidential informant was used over the investigation, the timeline of the case is unusual. According to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, detectives who use confidential informants to help with controlled buys or other investigations might wait some time before filing charges against a suspect. The practice is quite common, and allows police to keep using the confidential informant for several cases over several years.

"It's for the protection of the confidential informant," Cummings said. "If the charges are filed immediately, that burns the CI because their identity would need to be revealed during discovery in the case. And word can get out on the street about who they are.

"They'll use them as long as possible, then file a bunch of cases at once."

Because Brown was already serving time, there was no danger of him trying to escape the charges. Currently, he has a projected release date of Oct. 29.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the confidential informant assisted DTF with three controlled buys allegedly involving Brown. The first was on April 21, 2011, when the informant bought 2.25 grams, then again on May 5 for 3.72 grams, and finally on May 18 for 3.74 grams.

After the buys, the informant positively identified Brown as the suspect from a photo array.

According to court documents, the pretrial conference for the case is set for June 6 in Judge Dennis Carroll's Madison Circuit Court 6.

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