Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Man for Methamphetamine Distribution
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky
Louisville, KY – A Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on February 7, 2023, charging a local man with distributing methamphetamine.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott of the DEA Louisville Field Division, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.
According to the indictment, Bennie Thomas, 29, was charged with three counts of distributing methamphetamine. On October 5 and October 20, 2022, Thomas distributed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. On November 17, 2022, Thomas distributed 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine.
The defendant made an initial court appearance today before a United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, Thomas faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case is being investigated by the DEA and the Louisville Metro Police Department.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josh Porter.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Updated February 16, 2023