CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The drug dealer at the center of the Mingo County corruption investigation was released from prison last week until a judge decides whether to reconsider his case.
George Reuben White, 65, of Delbarton, was released from Huttonsville Correctional Center on Friday after posting a $25,000 bail, according to an order signed by Circuit Judge John Cummings.
"Manifest injustice would occur if [White] remained incarcerated pending resolution of said habeas corpus proceeding," the order states.
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Keith Randolph, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in White's case, did not object to White's release, the order states.
In May, former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury sentenced White to one to 15 years in prison on drug charges.
Thornsbury pleaded guilty in federal court last month to conspiring to deprive White of his constitutional rights. Former Mingo prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks pleaded guilty Monday to depriving White of his constitutional rights.
Cummings, a retired senior status judge from Cabell County, was appointed to fill Thornsbury's position until the governor appoints someone to fill the remainder of Thornsbury's term.
Federal prosecutors say that, rather than pay White for campaign signs, former Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum sent an undercover officer to buy drugs from White, and then had White arrested. White then began talking to federal agents about giving prescription pills to Crum, according to prosecutors.