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Georgia coroner busted for drugs

JONESBORO, Ga., May 28 -- The coroner of Clayton County, Ga., Tuesday was released from jail on $14,000 bond following his arrest on drug possession charges at his Jonesboro home, just south of Atlanta. Coroner Abb Dickson, who is seeking re-election, was arrested Sundayafter police raided the home and found 60 hits of LSD, two grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Clayton County police Lt. Doug Jewett said officers began investigating Dickson, 47, after receiving an anonymous tip about two months ago and obtained a search warrant prior to Sunday's raid. Dickson was charged with possession of LSD with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine and marijuana. He posted $10,000 bond on the LSD charge and $2,000 bond on each of the other charges. First elected four years ago to to the part-time coroner's post that pays an annual salary of $25,000, Dickson is seeking re-election to the office his father held for 32 years. Campaign manager Mark Woodall said Dickson had no plans to leave the race or to step down. Woodall said he was unsure if Dickson had been set up by a political opponent. 'I'm not sure whether or not there are underhanded dealings, politically motivated,' said Woodall. 'We're not sure at this time and I'm not going to say at this point.' In addition to serving as coroner, Dickson owns and operates Pope Dickson & Son funeral home in Jonesboro. He gained attention in the community by performing magic shows that attracted many youngsters. Police said they did not believe Dickson used the performances as an opportunity to sell drugs.

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