News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2008
Contact: S/A Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Bowling Green Drug Dealer Sentenced to
Federal Prison for Large Outdoor Marijuana Grow
Grow Operation was Spotted from the Sky

AUG 22-- BOWLING GREEN, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Danny Franklin Coffey, age 59, of 162 East Coffey Road, Russell Springs, Kentucky, was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment, followed by 4 months home incarceration in United States District Court, for manufacturing marijuana plants. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., also sentenced Coffey to 3 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

Coffey, who pled guilty on May 22, 2008, admitted that he cultivated 162 marijuana plants on his farm on September 17, 2007, which had an approximate street value of $250,000. The plants were destroyed.

The Kentucky Governor’s Cannabis Eradication Task Force was operating in Russell County, Kentucky, in the Western District of Kentucky, on September 17, 2007, when a Kentucky State Police (“KSP”) observer, who was in a helicopter, spotted a large marijuana growing operation at 162 East Coffey Road, Russell Springs, Kentucky. The marijuana was located in a cornfield near Coffey's residence. The KSP ground team was notified of the location and they made contact with Coffey, who admitted ownership of the property.

A special agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) arrived on the scene and observed four, 50-gallon black barrels that contained very large marijuana plants. The Task Force also eradicated 162 marijuana plants from a corn field adjacent to Coffey’s residence. The plants varied in height from nine to fourteen feet

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Kilmartin and it was investigated by the U.S. DEA and the Kentucky Governor’s Cannabis Eradication Task Force.

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