9/6/2013 6:52 PM
by Courtney Rosemond
CHARLESTON - A former Massey Energy executive cooperating in the investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster and awaiting sentencing for conspiracy has been arrested on drug charges.
David Hughart now faces a bond-revocation hearing with a magistrate judge at 1 p.m. Tuesday. He's to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger at 2:30 p.m. Court documents show an arrest warrant was issued Thursday after probation officer Amy Berry-Richmond informed the court Hughart was caught in Beckley Aug. 30 with the painkiller oxycodone and the anti-anxiety drug alprazolam.
Hughart admitted conspiring with others to give miners at Massey's White Buck Coal illegal advance warning about surprise inspections.