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Hillview mayor's 37-year-old son arrested on drug charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hillview Police arrested the mayor's son, James Allen Eadens, on Friday, on drug charges.

On Friday night, police got a tip that Eadens, 37, was doing drugs in the Arby's drive-thru. Police said when they arrived Eadens was sitting on a syringe of heroin. 

"My police did their job, and I was proud they done what needed to be done," Mayor Jim Eadens said. "I never once asked any of my officers to do anything that would jeopardize their career."

Jim Eadens said his "heart cries out for" other parents in the same situation. He said the heroin epidemic hitting the community is really hitting home for his family. 

"It might be a choice the first time they do," Jim Eadens said. "It's a disease, in my opinion."

Back in 2011, Jim Eaden's other son, Jason, was arrested for running a meth lab in the family's backyard. Since then, he's gotten his life back on track. 

"He's doing well in his job and he's turned his whole life around," Jim Eadens said. "Praise God for that ... because we'll take one at a time."

He said he raised his children in the church and playing sports but blames himself for not watching more closely the friends they were hanging out with. He said he now knows the warning signs to look for as he raises his grandson.

Jim Eadens said James has had an addiction problem for 15 years and has been to rehab several times. He wants him to stay in jail, saying it's safer for him there.

The judge set James Eadens' bond at $15,000 cash or $30,0000 property that could only be posted by a relative.

"I don't like him being in jail, nor do I like laying in bed scared that the door bell is going to ring or phone is going to ring," Jim Eadens said. "That's going to be the call we're getting that he's no longer with us.

"I just pray that we can find some solution to this problem before we wipe out a whole generation of people."

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