Snake-handling pastor arrested on narcotics charges

Snake-handling pastor arrested on narcotics charges

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MAYKING, KY (WATE) - A popular snake-handling pastor in Kentucky is facing drug charges following his arrest Tuesday.

Verlin Short, 42 from the popular series on Animal Planet, "Snake Man of Appalachia" was arrested Tuesday for charges of trafficking schedule II narcotics.

The report from the Letcher County Sheriff's Office states that on April 24, 2012, Short knowingly sold a quantity of around 20 pills of Oxycodone and Percocet to a confidential informant.

Short's series on Animal Planet features the life of his family in Eastern Kentucky, where he handled around 40 snakes he kept for pets and for religious purposes.

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