BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - An employee with the city of Birmingham is facing federal money laundering charges in a heroin and cocaine trafficking case.
Kenneth Lee Crittenden used to own a small car dealership EZ Auto Sales in downtown Birmingham.
Charlie Robinson is a car salesman at the business next door, All About Trucks. He knew Crittenden fairly well.
"He was a good guy, a family man," Robinson said. "I worked with him, and his character was always good as far as I could tell."
Court documents may suggest otherwise. According to the federal indictment, Crittenden and several others bought and sold cars as a cover up for drug trafficking. They bought a 2009 Corvette for $90,000 dollars, paid in nine cash payments of $10,000 dollars.
This is not the first time Crittenden has been in trouble with the law. He was arrested on drug charges in 1993. He was convicted of distributing a controlled substance and fraud. He served three years out of a 10-year sentence and was released on parole.
"After working with somebody that long and seeing their character," Robinson said, "It's surprising."
Crittenden works for the City of Birmingham now, and while he technically works under Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Crittenden's office is not at City Hall. He schedules events to be held at the Crossplex on the west side of town.
Crittenden was released from jail on $10,000 dollars bond. He will face a federal judge next week.
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