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Hopkins County, Kentucky, Convicted Felon Charged With Possession And Attempted Distribution Of Methamphetamine And Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Charges include being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Hopkins County, Kentucky, convicted felon was charged by grand jury indictment this week with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine base, and with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.


Tyslen J. Baker, 39, of Madisonville was charged in a three count indictment with two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II controlled substances including 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 28 grams or more of a mixture containing cocaine base. The alleged criminal activity took place in Hopkins County, Kentucky on January 25, 2017.


Further, Baker is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. At the time of his arrest, Baker allegedly possessed a Ruger, .380 caliber pistol, Model LCP; a Mossberg, .22 caliber long rifle, Model 715T; and a Charter Arms, .38 special, model Undercover Lite; and ammunition.


Baker has five previous convictions for First-Degree Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in Muhlenberg Circuit Court and Hopkins Circuit Court.


If convicted at trial, Baker could be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison, fined $50,000,000 and serve a five-year period of supervised release.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth A. Hancock and is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Madisonville Police Department.


The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty


Updated April 13, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses