On Thursday, two men indicted on federal charges of allegedly conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in Johnson and Magoffin counties faced arraignment in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.
Tommy Joe Minix and Scott Galen Linville, according to the indictment, were charged with the same crime dating back to April of last year, while Minix faces an additional charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense.
According to the indictment, four pistols, a rifle and various ammunition was seized from Minix and listed in a forfeiture allegation.
Both men were appointed attorneys at Thursday’s hearing.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins took time to ensure both understood the gravity of the charges. On the trafficking charge, each faces between five and 40 years in prison, up to $5 million in fines and a minimum of four years’ supervised release. Minix also faces between five years and life in prison if convicted on the firearm charge, a sentence Atkins said would be run consecutively.
Both attorneys appointed to the case waived a formal reading of the indictments and pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Both were also ordered held in U.S. Marshals’ custody.
A trial which prosecutors expect will take around three days was set for Monday, Sept. 16 before Chief Judge Karen Caldwell.