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Local man sentenced for violating federal drug trafficking laws

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A local man was sentenced in United States District Court this week by District Judge David J. Hale, to 10 years in prison followed by a five year period of supervised release for violating federal drug trafficking laws. The sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court records, Timothy Lee Yonts, 47, of Bardstown, knowingly conspired with other persons between May and September 2016, to intentionally possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

On Sept. 22, 2016, the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force (GHCNTF) executed a search warrant at Yonts’ residence in Bardstown. The search resulted in the seizure of drug trafficking evidence, including approximately 10 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one pound of marijuana, cash, and drug paraphernalia. Also recovered at the time, was a home security system with digital footage of numerous drug transactions and drug usage with the last three months of the date of the search.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Shannon prosecuted the case. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and GHCNTF investigated.