News Release
July 15, 2008
Contact: S/A Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Illegal Drugs
-An Illegal Alien from Mexico will be Deported
-Methamphetamine Had Street Value of $40,000

JUL 15 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - Reyes Ignacio, age 34, of Indianapolis, Indiana, pled 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.

Ignacio pled guilty and admitted that from on or about November 29, 2007 to November 30, 2007, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and elsewhere, he conspired with co-defendant Harley Hendrickson to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of methamphetamine, worth at least $40,000 on the street.

It was revealed during the plea hearing that on November 30, 2007, Reyes Ignacio was in Henryville, Indiana and had in his possession a quantity of methamphetamine. Based upon law enforcement information, surveillance was established at the apartment of Harley Hendrickson at the River Oak Apartment Homes, Louisville, Kentucky. Ignacio was observed arriving at Hendrickson’s apartment building. Ignacio went to Hendrickson’s apartment and dropped off a quantity of methamphetamine with Hendrickson. Law enforcement observed Ignacio leave the apartment and travel back to Indiana. Ignacio was followed to Clarksville, Indiana, where Ignacio was taken into custody by DEA Task Force Agents.

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

Co-defendant, Hendrickson pled guilty on June 16, 2008 and is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Thomas B. Russell on September 15, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky. Ignacio is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Russell on October 20, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.