A Salyersville man became the second person to plead guilty in a federal methamphetamine distribution case this week.
Tommy Minix, 34, of Patchell Minix Drive, Salyersville, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ed Atkins Monday to charges of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The other man, Scott Galen Linville, 27, of Copper Creek Drive, Lexington, pleaded guilty last month in the case.
According to a plea agreement in the case, on April 9, 2018, Linville and Minix traveled from Magoffin County to Johnson County with the intention of distributing methamphetamine. Linville, the agreement said, was the driver of a vehicle stopped in Johnson County in which Minix was a passenger.
During a search of the vehicle, the agreement said, police found a backpack containing methamphetamine, plastic bags, digital scales and cellphones. In the vehicle’s glove box, the agreement said, police found methamphetamine and a pistol, while they also found pistol rounds of ammunition in the vehicle.
In total, the agreement said, police found approximately 76 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
The agreement in Minix’s case said that, after the traffic stop, law enforcement searched the residence in Magoffin County where Minix had been living. During that search, the agreement said, law enforcement found four firearms and a total of 37 grams of methamphetamine.
According to the agreement, the statutory punishment for the conspiracy charge is between five years and 40 years in prison, while the statutory punishment for the firearm charge is between five years and life in prison.
Both men remain lodged in the Pike County Detention Center awaiting sentencing, currently set for March 30 in Pikeville.