California Man Sentenced To Over 23 Years For Violating Federal Drug Laws
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Charles Henry Ickes, 36, to 280 months in prison followed by 10 years’ Supervised Release, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
In March, a federal jury found Ickes guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine after a two-day trial. The evidence introduced during trial showed that Ickes was the source of supply for 100% pure crystal methamphetamine being shipped to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, area from California.
“If like Mr. Ickes you choose to bring substantial amounts of drugs into Kentucky communities, you should expect to spend a substantial amount of time in federal prison” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman.
Jordan Grider met Ickes while travelling in California. She later introduced him to Adaryll White, knowing that both were involved in drug trafficking. Ickes initially sent hash oil, dabs and pills – but the drugs didn’t move well. He later fronted eight ounces of crystal methamphetamine to White who distributed the drugs in Bowling Green, Kentucky, through Jason Dean Borden and Joshua Preston Moore.
Law enforcement officials became aware of the drug trafficking when a United States Priority Mail package was intercepted. Execution of a search warrant on the package revealed the presence of one and one-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Later forensic testing revealed 100% purity. The Warren County/Bowling Green Drug Task Force became involved in the controlled delivery of the package to White. Law enforcement officials monitored further delivery to Borden at which point he was arrested. Further investigation revealed that Borden used his nephew, Moore, to further the drug trafficking.
Bank records, telephone records, and recorded communications revealed Ickes as the source of supply for the methamphetamine. In the month of January 2015, alone, $14,100.00 was deposited into Ickes’ bank account separate from the VA disability. His only legitimate source of income was a VA disability check for approximately $3,100.00 each month. Trial evidence further showed that the methamphetamine had been imported from Mexico and that Ickes owed “Mexicans” for the drugs he had shipped to Kentucky.
There is no parole in the federal criminal justice system. Ickes faced a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 20 years because he had a prior drug felony conviction from California. In 2012, he was convicted of possessing one ounce of methamphetamine for the purpose of sale. He must serve at least 85% of the sentence before consideration for discharge. He remains in the custody of the United States Marshals service pending designation by the Bureau of Prisons.
Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case with assistance from the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Warren County Attorney’s Office. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Warren County/Bowling Green Drug Task Force. The Task Force is made up of law enforcement officials representing federal, state and local entities. Agencies involved in this investigation and prosecution included United States Postal Inspection Service, Kentucky State Police, and the Bowling Green Police Department.