Landon Hatfield filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Wayne County Sheriff's Department. Hatfield is one of nine plaintiffs’ who say they didn't sell drugs to drug informant Thomas Osborne. Osborne pleaded guilty to lying about buying drugs from some people in Wayne County who ended up being arrested.
According to one of the lawsuits filed in Federal Court, Osborne was contracted by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to work as a confidential informant. Police paid Osborne to buy drugs from people in Wayne County, but later found out he lied and hurt many people along the way.
The plaintiff's attorney Jason Huber says the false arrests violated his clients' constitutional rights. The plaintiff's were accused of selling drugs and now they're trying to clear their names and reputations.
When the Wayne County Sheriff's Department hired Osborne to help them fight the battle on drugs they never thought it would land them in Federal Court. Wayne County Sheriff Dave Pennington wouldn't comment about the case but says, "It takes drug dealers to buy drugs. We know they're not so good of a person when we start."
The plaintiffs were asked not to talk to us about the accusations but their lawyer Jason Huber says he's confident about winning the cases.
The plaintiffs want to be compensated for pain and suffering and attorney fees. Cases are expected to go to trial in federal court within a year to a year and a half. Thomas Osborne is serving time in jail in Kentucky.