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Paducah Pair Sentenced to Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Distribution Offenses

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

Paducah, KY – A Paducah, Kentucky woman was sentenced this week to 5 years in prison for charges related to methamphetamine conspiracy and distribution offenses. 

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 Sheriff Ryan Norman of the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement.

According to court documents, Samantha Bennett, 30, was sentenced this week to 5 years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Previously, on February 23, 2023, co-defendant James Russell Hayden, 51, of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Hayden was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the DEA Paducah post of duty and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the ATF and the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole.   

Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Hancock, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, prosecuted the case.


Updated July 19, 2023