Slusher served as fire chief for the Bald Rock Volunteer Fire Department and also operated "Just Another Bait Shop" on Ky. 192 near Laurel Lake. But law enforcement officials determined that more than just bait was being sold at Slusher's business and conducted a surveillance of the activities last summer. After an informant purchased marijuana from Slusher, police moved in and placed Slusher under arrest on charges of trafficking marijuana, less than eight ounces.
Slusher denied knowledge of any illegal activity, although Sheriff's officials conducting the investigation found a quantity of marijuana inside Slusher's store.
His arrest prompted a meeting of the Bald Rock Volunteer Fire Department, in which Slusher was removed as chief. He can, however, remain as a volunteer firefighter, since Kentucky law only restricts persons with a felony offense from serving as a public servant. Trafficking marijuana, first offense, is a misdemeanor offense.
Written by The Sentinel Echo