Bowling Green, KY – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned three indictments today separately charging three men with drug trafficking and firearms offenses.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. made the announcement.
According to court records:
Forrest Holmes, age 60, of Henderson County, Kentucky, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Holmes had previously been convicted in the Henderson Circuit Court of several felonies, including first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and tampering with physical evidence. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Rickey Sutton, age 28, of Daviess County, Kentucky, was charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of distribution of fentanyl, and once count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Sutton had previously been convicted in the Daviess Circuit Court for the felonies of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property (firearm), and tampering with physical evidence. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Alan C. Rogers, age 55, of Livingston County, Kentucky, was charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possession of a firearm with an altered/obliterated serial number. Rogers had previously been convicted in the Livingston Circuit Court of the felony of complicity to first-degree possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.
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 Daviess County/Owensboro HIDTA Drug Task Force, the FBI, the ATF, and the Kentucky State Police are investigating the cases.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jo Lawless and Mark J. Yurchisin II.
These cases are 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 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.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.