Armed heroin and meth trafficker in Pulaski Co. sentenced to 40 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin and meth.

United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced Timothy Harris, of Louisville, Friday evening.

Officials say that between 2015 and 2016, Harris imported heroin and meth into Pulaski County to supply other drug dealers and users in the area. Harris used the same pipeline to transport firearms from Somerset to Louisville.

Investigators say evidence in the case revealed that Harris routinely carried a firearm to protect his drug trafficking activity and also attempted and to hire a hit-man to kill local individuals. In June of 2016, law enforcement found Harris in possession of approximately three pounds of meth. Harris pled guilty in December of 2017.

Others conspiring with Harris, to transport meth, heroin, or firearms between Somerset and Louisville, have also recently been sentenced.

Under federal law, Harris and his co-conspirators must serve 85 percent of their respective prison sentences; and upon release, they will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office.
United States Attorney Robert Duncan Jr. says “I want to commend the efforts of all the law enforcement agencies involved in this important case, because of cooperation and strong partnerships, several dangerous individuals were removed from southeastern Kentucky, and our communities have been made safer. The lengthy sentences imposed send a clear message that drug trafficking, threats of violence, or illegal possession of weapons will not be tolerated in this District.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Media Release from the Department of Justice 

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