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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bowling Green, Kentucky, Man Sentenced To 10 Months In Prison For Growing Marijuana In Mammoth Cave National Park And Warren County

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A Bowling Green, Kentucky, man was sentenced this week in United States District Court by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to 10 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana inside Mammoth Cave National Park and inside a residence located in Warren County, Kentucky announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Robert Williams, age 28, pleaded guilty to a four-count federal indictment in April 2014. Williams admitted that between May 4, 2011, and October 8, 2011, he and co-defendant Ryan Pitcock, of Bowling Green, knowingly and intentionally conspired to manufacture less than 50 Kilograms of marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance inside Mammoth Cave National Park. Williams also admitted to manufacturing marijuana and mushrooms containing psilocin and psilocybin within their residence in Warren County.

According to the plea agreement, search warrants obtained by Kentucky State Police for Williams’ and Pitcock’s apartment in Warren County revealed an extensive marijuana growing operation, processed marijuana for distribution, mushrooms containing psilocin and psilocybin being grown and packaged for distribution, and several stun guns.

Williams was charged by federal grand jury indictment on February 15, 2012, and was arrested by U.S. Marshals on November 4, 2013, in Florida.

Pitcock pleaded guilty to the charges on August 21, 2012 and was sentenced by Chief Judge McKinley to 12 months and one day in prison followed by a two year period of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd, and it was investigated by the National Park Service Rangers and the Kentucky State Police.

Updated December 15, 2014