Floyd man sentenced to 15 years on federal meth, firearms charges

James William Miller

A Floyd County man will spend the next 15 years in prison, linked to a federal methamphetamine trafficking case.

According to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Robert Duncan, James William Miller, 34, of Heywood Lane, Prestonsburg, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert E. Weir to serve 15 years on charges of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Under federal law, the statement said, Miller must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will be under supervision of the U.S. Probation and Parole Office for four years after his release.

The statement said an investigation revealed that Miller was trafficking in methamphetamine for approximately two years in and around Floyd County. 

A search of Miller’s residence by law enforcement in August, the statement said, revealed eight firearms, including a semi-automatic AR-15, digital scales, distribution baggies and a “distribution quantity”of methamphetamine. 

Miller was convicted in December of 2014 in Floyd County Circuit Court on a charge of trafficking in methamphetamine, according to court documents. As a result of that conviction Miller was prohibited from possessing firearms, the statement said.

As of presstime Thursday, Miller remained lodged in the Pike County Detention Center, where he has been held on the charges since October.

According to the statement from Duncan’s office, the case against Miller is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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.”

“The PSN program was reinvigorated 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,” the statement said.

The announcement of the sentence was jointly made by Duncan, James Robert Brown Jr., special agent in charge for the Louisville Division of the FBI, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders and Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt.

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