Christian County Man Indicted for Federal Drug and Firearm Offenses

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Owensboro, KY. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on October 13, 2021, charging Nigel Sanders, 31, of Christian County, Kentucky, for Possession with the Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Methamphetamine, being a Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, and for Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

According to the Indictment, Sanders has multiple prior felony drug trafficking convictions and a prior felony conviction for a weapons offense.

Sanders faces not less than 10 years and not more than life in prison for Possession with the Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Methamphetamine and not more than 10 years in prison for being a Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm.  Sanders faces an additional 5-year consecutive term of imprisonment for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.  If convicted, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system. 

The case is scheduled for arraignment on November 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky made the announcement.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus.  It was investigated by the Madisonville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). 

An Indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 


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