Whitesburg KY

Federal plea says 2 men conspired to bring meth here from Louisville

A Jeremiah man has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy and to weapons charges and his codefendant will have a new arraignment today in U.S. District Court in London, where he also is expected to file a guilty plea.

Shiloh Cody Adams, 34, of Black Bottom Road, pleaded guilty May 7 to conspiracy to trafficking more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. He will be sentenced September 17.

In the plea agreement, Adams admitted that he had pleaded guilty to first-degree possession methamphetamine on Oct. 12, 2016, and had been sentenced to three years in prison, and that on Jan. 6, 2018, he was in Perry County and in possession of a 9mm pistol.

Then, according to the plea agreement, Shiloh Adams and Mitchell Darringer Adams, 34, of Cowan, agreed to drive to Louisville on November 6, 2018 to buy meth and sell it in Letcher County.

“The Defendant and Mitchell D. Adams borrowed a vehicle from C.H. in Letcher County to make the drive. The Defendant departed Letcher County with approximately $22,000 in U.S. Currency and a Glock 23, 40 caliber handgun,” the plea agreement says. “On November 6, 2018, the Defendant possessed over 50 grams of a methamphetamine mixture. The Defendant possessed methamphetamine both on his person and in a secret compartment in the trunk of the vehicle he borrowed. The Defendant intended to return to Letcher County to sell said methamphetamine. The Defendant also possessed $10,249 in U.S. Currency and a Glock 23, .40 caliber handgun … all of which he used in furtherance of trafficking methamphetamine.”

The plea agreement asks that the judge reduce Shiloh Adams’s sentencing by two levels in the federal sentencing guidelines, if he stays out of trouble until sentencing.

The conspiracy charge carries a statutory sentence of 5 to 40 years and a fine of up to $5 million. The gun charge carries a sentence of 5 years to life, and a fine of up to $250,000, and must be served consecutive to any other charge. There is also a $100 assessment for each charge.

In addition, Adams will forfeit the guns discovered during the investigation and the $10,249 that was confiscated.

How much time he will actually serve depends on complicated computations made by the judge under federal sentencing guidelines.

Under the original charges, Shiloh Adams would have faced up to life in prison and $8 million in fines.

The same day that Shiloh Adams entered his plea, Mitchell Darringer Adams filed a motion to be re-arraigned, and that proceeding has been set for today. The plea agreement entered yesterday (Tuesday) in U.S. District Court shows Mitchell Darringer Adams will plead guilty to one count of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. A charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking will be dismissed as part of the agreement. Mitchell Adams faces the same possible sentence for trafficking as Adams.

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