Judge Arrested on Meth Charges Resigns After Ala. Indictment

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CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) - A west Alabama judge arrested on methamphetamine charges in Mississippi resigned after being indicted on similar charges in his hometown. Authorities said they found the drug in his Carrollton office.

Pickens County District Judge Ira Colvin announced he was stepping down for personal reasons in a letter delivered to the presiding judge in the west Alabama circuit, James Moore.

Colvin quit on Monday, or two days after District Attorney Chris McCool said a grand jury had indicted Colvin on charges of methamphetamine possession after investigators discovered a small amount of the drug in his office.

Colvin was suspended from hearing cases after being arrested in Columbus, Mississippi, on August 14th and charged with possession of methamphetamine and materials used to manufacture the drug. His wife was arrested in the same town on meth charges in April.

McCool said the resignation was not part of any plea deal. Governor Bob Riley will appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

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