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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Kentucky

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Michael A. Bennett
, United States Attorney

Bowling Green Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

Bowling Green, Ky. – A Bowling Green man was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Director Tommy Loving of the Bowling Green/Warren County Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) Drug Task Force made the announcement.

According to court documents, Jimmy Norris, 46, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for possessing with the intent to distribute 23.456 grams of methamphetamine, illegally possessing a sawed-off shotgun that was not registered under the National Firearms Act, and possessing three handguns, two rifles, and a sawed-off shotgun as a convicted felon. Norris was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses. On August 24, 2016, in Warren Circuit Court, Norris was convicted of first-degree promoting contraband. On August 24, 2016, in Warren Circuit Court, Norris was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. On October 17, 2012, in Warren Circuit Court, Norris was convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment. On September 6, 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Norris was convicted of felon in possession of a firearm.

There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office and the Bowling Green/Warren County AHIDTA Drug Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Yurchisin II, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


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