News Release
March 23, 2010
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Kentucky “Ecstasy” Distributor Sentenced To 6 Years In Federal Prison
- 4,000 MDMA pills seized in joint DEA and U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigation

MAR 23 -- (Louisville, KY) - Candace G. Hill, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced that on March 22, 2010, Troy Thornton, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, by Judge Charles R. Simpson III, to 6 years imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, also known as “ecstasy”).

The Indictment, which was filed on June 1, 2009, alleged that between July 1, 2008, and January 16, 2009, Thornton conspired to distribute MDMA in the Western District of Kentucky. A joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service revealed that Thornton had been receiving shipments of MDMA tablets through the mail from a Thai drug trafficking organization in Fresno, California. Approximately 4,000 tablets were actually seized during the investigation. Thornton entered a guilty plea on December 18, 2009.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and it was investigated by the DEA and the United States Postal Inspection Service.