Louisville Field Division

United States Attorney Announces Scott County Indiana Drug Indictments

Contact:

PRESS RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS - United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced today a collaborative effort between federal, state and local law enforcement in the fight to help reduce prescription and illegal drug abuse in Scott County. Ten individuals were indicted this week and arrested today on drug charges including conspiracy to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance.

ATF NRT Concludes Investigation of Grand Hotel Fire

Contact:

HAZARD, Ky. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Kentucky State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Hazard Fire Department and the Hazard Police Department announced the preliminary findings in the Grand Hotel fire.   The investigative entities have deemed the status of this incident as undetermined.  The investigation is ongoing in the effort to identify the cause for the fire. 

National Response Team Deploys To Hazard, Ky., Fire Investigation

Contact:

HAZARD, Ky. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has deployed its National Response Team (NRT) to Hazard, Ky., for the investigation of a fire that occurred early Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the old Grand Hotel building, located at 446 Main Street in Hazard.

The Grand Hotel, which houses apartments for approximately 50 people, and the Peking Chinese Restaurant, along with adjacent buildings, also sustained substantial damage from the fire.

ATF Offers Reward Up To $10,000 In Explosives Theft

Contact:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Louisville Field Division, and Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) are requesting assistance from the public for information regarding an explosives theft.

The theft was discovered and reported to law enforcement on Monday, April 13. It is believed this theft occurred between Friday, April 10, and Monday, April 13, at a construction site near the Norton Commons community in Louisville.

Reward Offered in Explosives Theft

Contact:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced today that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of explosives from an explosives magazine at a construction site in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Warren County, Kentucky, Woman Sentenced to 72 Months for Setting Fire to the Horse Cave, Kentucky, Dollar General Store

Contact:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Warren County, Kentucky, woman was sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., for maliciously damaging and destroying and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire, the Dollar General Store, and the personal property, located in Hart County, Kentucky, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for String of Robberies

Contact:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A career criminal from Georgia was sentenced today to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for multiple robberies, including brandishing a firearm announced Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. There is no parole in the federal system.

The federal charges stemmed from “Project Recoil,” the on-going partnership of multiple Jefferson County, Kentucky law enforcement agencies, to maximize penalties for the most violent offenders and to reduce violent crime in our community.

Vegas

K-9 Vegas is an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), and is trained as a Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.). As a SEEK trained K-9, Vegas has been trained to detect up to 19,000 explosive odor combinations. Vegas is trained to look for these odors while working as a traditional EDC, or without a leash, while working remotely. When off leash, Vegas can be deployed over 100 yards away to a specific target. She will then search the target (which could be any object or location) and will alert her handler if she detects the presence of an explosive odor.

Crab Orchard Man Sentenced 66 Months for Illegally Possessing Over 100 Firearms and Stealing Thousands from Social Security

Contact:

LEXINGTON – Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart L. Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Tom Caul, Special Agent in Charge for the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General; and Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner, jointly announced today that a Lincoln County man has been sentenced to 66 months in federal prison, for illegally possessing more than 100 firearms and defrauding the Social Security Administration out of thousands of dollars.

Louisville Residents Charged in Conspiracy to Distribute More Than One Kilogram of Heroin in a Drug Trafficking Operation

Contact:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville residents charged in a conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin were arraigned in U.S. District Court today, before Magistrate James D. Moyer, announced United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, David J. Hale.

Warren County, Kentucky, Woman Convicted of Setting Fire to the Horse Cave, Kentucky Dollar General Store

Contact:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Warren County, Kentucky woman was convicted of maliciously damaging and destroying, and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire, the Dollar General Store, and the personal property, located in Hart County, Kentucky, by a federal jury in Bowling Green today following a week-long trial, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. The jury deliberated for a little over two hours before reaching its unanimous verdict.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal Service. 

Louisville Based Tobacco Wholesaler Sentenced to 18 Months for Role in Contraband Cigarette Trade

Contact:

LOUISVILLE, KY - A Louisville based tobacco wholesaler and retailer was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday, by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Commonwealth of Kentucky of excise tax returns totaling more than $2 million announced  David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.