Drug charges dropped in 2013 restaurant raid

GREENFIELD — Drug charges against the former manager of Smokin’ Hog BBQ have been dropped, court records show.

Kelly Thompson faced four drug-related felonies including dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, corrupt business influence and maintaining a common nuisance.

Police said she admitted to receiving packages of marijuana at the business then distributing them to dealers, according to court records.

The Greenfield restaurant has since gone out of business.

Her charges were dropped because prosecutors failed to bring the case to trial within one year, the maximum time allotted by state law, a judge ruled.

Thompson was among six defendants who petitioned the Hancock Circuit Court on Monday to have charges dismissed.

Hers was one of two cases Judge Richard Culver took under advisement after dismissing four others. Culver said he needed to double-check his calculations to make sure Thompson’s case had been pending too long.

On Tuesday, court records showed all charges against Thompson were dropped.

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Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.