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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Todd County, Kentucky Resident Sentenced To 228 Months In Prison For Possession And Distribution Of Methamphetamine And Carrying A Firearm During A Drug Trafficking Crime

Defendant obtained 67 pounds of crystal meth (with an estimated street value of $3 million) in California and shipped the drug to his Todd County home

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Todd County, Kentucky resident, was sentenced today in United States District Court by District Judge Greg N. Stivers to 228 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, for multiple charges associated with firearms, possession and distribution of methamphetamine announced U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. There is no parole in the federal system.

Scott Windell Harris, age 45, living in Allensville, purchased 67 pounds of crystal meth during approximately nine trips to California, then shipped the schedule II controlled substance to a residence off Russellville Road in Todd County. Harris, an unlawful user of methamphetamine, also carried a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

"Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with devastating consequences to users, their families and communities,” stated U.S. Attorney John Kuhn. “This prosecution closes a significant pipeline for dangerous drugs running from California to the streets of Western Kentucky. We are grateful to the many law enforcement agencies whose coordinated efforts assisted my Office in achieving this sentence.”

Law enforcement officials became aware of Harris’ criminal conduct in February 2015, when a package was intercepted at the Louisville hub of UPS. A search warrant executed on the package revealed 19.6 pounds of suspected methamphetamine being shipped from California to Todd County.  Later forensic testing of the methamphetamine at the Drug Enforcement Administration Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois, revealed a purity level exceeding 100%.  State and federal law enforcement officials conducted a controlled delivery of the package, and observed Harris taking possession of the package and placing it inside a black van.  Later, a search of the van revealed a loaded Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Model P3AT, .380 caliber pistol with seven rounds of .380 ammunition in the van’s glove box. At the time, Harris was an unlawful user of methamphetamine and, therefore, prohibited from possessing a firearm.

According to Harris, he made multiple trips to Los Angeles, California, where he obtained a total of 67 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of approximately $3 million.  Once he had the methamphetamine, Harris packaged the drugs and shipped them to his residence in Allensville, Kentucky.   When law enforcement officials arrested Harris, they searched the residence and found an additional one and one-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine, scales, baggies and just over $14,000.00 in cash.

Harris previously pled guilty to the charges on October 13, 2015, in Bowling Green, before Judge Stivers.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration Laboratory.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 9, 2016