News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 15, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Man Sentenced To Five Years For Growing and Selling Marijuana In Kentucky
- Joint investigation by DEA and the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force
- 330 marijuana plants seized

DEC 15 -- (Louisville, KY) - U.S. Attorney David Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that on December 12, 2008, Charles Roger Newton, age 52, of Springfield, Kentucky, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in the United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky for charges stemming from an April 18, 2007, indictment. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III, also sentenced Newton to 5 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

Newton pled guilty and admitted to one count of knowingly manufacturing marijuana plants. Newton also pled guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession of methamphetamine and agreed to forfeit $30,000 as substitute assets for the real estate where the marijuana plants were being grown.

The facts elicited during the plea hearing revealed that on January 31, 2007, the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a search warrant at the residence of Newton located in rural Washington County. Upon searching Newton’s residence they discovered at least 330 marijuana plants. Additionally, the agents found a couple pounds of marijuana and 3.5 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a cooler in the wooded area near the residence. Both Newton and co defendant Robert Ballard, were present at the residence during the execution of the search warrant.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the DEA in cooperation with the Hardin County Drug Task Force.

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