News Release
June 17, 2008

Crack Dealer Ran From Police After Being Handcuffed
- He pleads guilty to possession w/ intent t to sell ¼ kilo of cocaine and “crack”

JUN 18 -- (Louisville, KY) - Howard Thomas Gooch, age 32, of 4630 Kiefer Road, Louisville, Kentucky, entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

Pursuant to an open plea, Howard admitted that on December 19, 2006, he was in possession of approximately 203 grams of cocaine, and 62.5 grams of crack cocaine, with a total estimated street value of $265,000.00. It was his intent to distribute the drugs on the streets of Louisville. The vehicle Howard was driving was stopped for a traffic violation, by Louisville Metro Police (LMPD). A search of Howard's vehicle revealed he was transporting the cocaine, and crack cocaine. After Howard was handcuffed by LMPD detectives, he fled from detectives, but was re-captured after a short foot pursuit. At the time, Howard admitted to sole responsibility for all of the drugs found in his vehicle.

US Attorney Huber noted that “even a routine traffic stop can make a dent into the illegal drug business” and praised LMPD’s professionalism. The maximum potential penalties for the charges are life imprisonment and a $4,000,000.00 fine. The minimum potential penalty is 10 years imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and it was investigated by the LMPD and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Howard is scheduled to be sentenced before the Judge Heyburn on October 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.