News Release
July 14, 2008
Contact: S/A Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Meth Ring Leader Sentenced to Ten Years
Atlanta Resident Supplied Western Kentucky with Meth

JUL 14 -- (PADUCAH, KY) - Timothy Binkley, a former resident of Marion, Kentucky, was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute multiple pounds of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

On August 14, 2007, a federal grand jury in Paducah returned an Indictment that charged thirteen individuals with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine between the fall of 2003 and the summer of 2007 in Western Kentucky. Tim Binkley, who was the methamphetamine source of supply for the group, pled guilty on February 22, 2008. During his plea, Binkley admitted that in 2003, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and found a source of supply for methamphetamine. Over the course of time, Binkley then began supplying co-defendant Russell Hunt and others in Western Kentucky with methamphetamine. Binkley would purchase a pound of methamphetamine for $10,500 in Atlanta and would sell it for $22,000 in Western Kentucky. Binkley acknowledged that he was responsible for trafficking at least 5 kilograms but less than 15 kilograms (ten to thirty pounds) of methamphetamine since 2003.

In May 2006, Binkley was arrested by the Paducah Police Department when he tried to claim a bag containing methamphetamine residue and approximately $22,000 in cash that had been left in a rental car at Enterprise Car Rentals. Paducah Police obtained a search warrant for Binkley's hotel room where they found additional money and drug paraphernalia. A search of Binkley's truck revealed a Keltee 9mm handgun and a small amount of Mexican currency. Binkley acknowledged during his change of plea that the money should be forfeited to the United States as drug proceeds.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele L. Thielhorn, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Kentucky State Police and Paducah Police Department.