Man gets more than 20 years for drug, firearms conviction

Michael Hensley/Madison County Detention Center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 58-year-old Beattyville, Ky., man, is sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison for drug trafficking and weapons charges.

U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Michael B. Hensley to 248 months for possession with intention to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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The charges stemmed from a traffic stop on Feb. 25, 2019, by Madison County Sheriff’s deputy Shane Johnson. A loaded handgun and 1.9 kilograms of what was described at the time as pure methamphetamine were seized.

According to his plea agreement, Hensley admitted law enforcement officials approached him, based on an outstanding warrant for theft of a firearm, at a convenience store in Richmond. When searching his vehicle, officers located the gun and drugs.

Hensley admitted he had the gun as part of the crime.

Hensley pleaded guilty last November.