Man commuted by Bevin indicted on federal drug trafficking charge

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – A Logan County, Ky., man, who previously received a commuted sentence for a felony drug conviction by former Gov. Matt Bevin, was federally charged with armed drug trafficking Wednesday, according to United States Attorney Russell Coleman.


“This is the type of collaboration that those we serve should expect from the new U.S. Attorney’s Office Bowling Green Branch Office working alongside our partners in the recently federally-designated South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force in Logan and Simpson Counties,” Coleman said.


Kenneth S. Embry, 33, of Russellville, Kentucky, has been charged via a three-count federal indictment with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.


According to a criminal complaint, on or about April 1, 2020, agents with the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force learned Embry was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine. Utilizing investigative techniques task force agents obtained a warrant for a motel room occupied by Embry. A search of his car revealed approximately 166 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a Colt .380 semiautomatic pistol. A search of the motel room produced numerous items of drug paraphernalia including digital weight scales, unused clear plastic baggies, and smoking devices. Agents also uncovered a plastic baggie containing a brown powder substance, suspected to be heroin.


Embry is a convicted felon with convictions for possession of a controlled substance in Logan County Circuit Court cases 13-CR-00009 and 19-CR-00054. 


The defendant faces no less than 10 years and no more than life in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He faces no more than 10 years for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and no less than 5 years and no more than life for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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