For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 29, 2018
, United States Attorney
Russell M. Coleman
Contact: Nick Storm
Louisville Felon Sentenced for Possessing 26 Guns, 11K Rounds of Ammo and Drugs
Louisville Field Division
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Court Judge David J. Hale sentenced Louisville, Kentucky, man, Sukhjit Bains to 63 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine for being a felon in possession of firearms and for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.
“If you choose to deal drugs and possess a firearm as a convicted felon in Louisville then be prepared to go to federal prison,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.
According to a plea agreement filed in the case, Bains, 44, was arrested on a bench warrant on February 24, 2017, for having escaped a work release program. When arrested, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents found Bains in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol, and approximately an ounce of methamphetamine. On October 24, 2017, ATF agents executed a search warrant on Bains’ residence and recovered 26 firearms and approximately 11,000 rounds of ammunition. The firearms included fully-automatic weapons, assault rifles, handguns and silencers.
Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Louisville Metro Police Department investigated the case.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Kentucky. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. This sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative in the Western District of Kentucky.