A Logan County, Kentucky, man pleaded guilty in United States District Court this week, before District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to conspiring with others as well as possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Danny Neal Stokes, 62, of Russellville, admitted in court Tuesday, April 11, 2017, that during 2015, in Simpson County, Kentucky, he conspired with Howell Dean O’Bryan, Jordan Dale Wallace and others to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine.
During this time period, specifically, on May 15, 2015, in Simpson County, Kentucky, O’Bryan knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine he had received from Stokes. The actual amount of methamphetamine, according to laboratory analysis was 459.3 grams of pure methamphetamine (roughly one pound). Wallace was arrested that day on his way to pay for the methamphetamine as part of the conspiracy.
On July 25, 2015, in Simpson County, Kentucky, Stokes knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine. The actual amount of methamphetamine, according to laboratory analysis was 162.5 grams of pure methamphetamine (roughly six ounces). Law enforcement officials found the methamphetamine in a bag with $184,597.00 in United States currency during a traffic stop of Stokes.
O’Bryan previously pled guilty on July 21, 2016, for his role in the conspiracy, possessing with the intent to distribute the 459.3 grams of methamphetamine and two firearms offenses. Wallace pled guilty to his role in the conspiracy on March 20, 2017. All three defendants remain in federal custody pending sentencing.
According to their Plea Agreements, at the time of their sentencing hearings, the United States will recommend a sentence of 15 years in prison followed by a five-year period of Supervised Release for both O’Bryan and Stokes and 10 years in prison followed by a five-year term of Supervised Release for Wallace. There is no parole in the federal prison system. Sentencing hearings will be held before Judge Stivers, in Bowling Green, this summer.
Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless is prosecuting the case. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Kentucky State Police (including its Vehicle Enforcement Division), conducted the investigation.