The former Wendover police chief charged with distributing cocaine apparently suffered a heart attack Wednesday - the day before he was scheduled to finalize a plea bargain with prosecutors.
A. June Carter, 35, was admitted to Pioneer Valley Hospital Wednesday and was in stable condition Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.Carter was scheduled to meet with 3rd District Judge Frank Noel Thursday morning for a disposition hearing. He was expected to plead guilty to a reduced charge of possession of cocaine, a third-degree felony, according to his attorney, Steven Payton.
Carter was charged after agents discovered cocaine, metal scales and plastic bags in the trunk of his police car in February. The day before, his wife, Janese Carter, had been arrested in downtown Salt Lake City after selling undercover agents cocaine and methamphetamines out of the marked police vehicle.
She is currently serving a 1-to-15-year sentence at the Utah State Prison. Prosecutors say June Carter knew there was cocaine in his trunk, but the defense claims he did not know.
June Carter was also expected to plead guilty to obtaining a prescription drug by using a false name and address. Apparently suffering from stress related to the court battles, June Carter went to a hospital last month to receive an injection of Vistaril and Nubain. When he received the treatments, he gave hospital officials a false name, Payton said.
A court clerk said the disposition has been postponed indefinitely.