News Release
June 17, 2008

"Running" Man Pleads Guilty to Meth Charges
Co-Defendant is an illegal alien subject to deportation

JUN 17 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - Harley Hendrickson, age 29, of 2400 Lake Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

Hendrickson plead guilty and admitted that from November 29, 2007, to November 30, 2007, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, he conspired with co-defendant Reyes Ignacio to intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of methamphetamine, worth at least $40,000. Ignacio will enter his guilty plea later this summer.

According to Hendrickson’s admissions during the plea hearing, Ignacio was observed by federal agents in southern Indiana traveling towards Louisville, Kentucky to deliver a package of methamphetamine to Hendrickson. Upon arriving in Louisville, Ignacio delivered the methamphetamine to Hendrickson’s apartment. Hendrickson took the methamphetamine and traveled to Clarksville, Indiana, where he planned to distribute the drugs. Upon arriving in Clarksville, Indiana, federal agents were able to seize the methamphetamine from Hendrickson, who had dropped the drugs while running away from DEA Special Agents. Hendrickson was arrested two days later in Lexington, Kentucky.

The maximum potential penalties are life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period 10 years; and the minimum potential penalties are 10 years imprisonment, a $4,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of no less than 5 years. Ignacio is a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States and subject to deportation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hendrickson is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Thomas B. Russell on September 15, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.