A McRoberts man is in the Pike County Detention Center after the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kentucky State Police arrested him in a sting operation that allegedly netted five pounds of methamphetamine.
Larry W. Bentley, 43, was arrested Friday after the FBI searched his residence at Tom Biggs Hollow, allegedly finding three pounds of the drug in addition to two pounds they had already purchased through an informant.
The warrant in the case is sealed, however sources say Bentley and an unnamed co-conspirator sold a pound of methamphetamine each to a confidential informant in late July and early August. The informant allegedly asked Bentley for a pound of methamphetamine, but was told Bentley was meeting with his supplier and would not be home. Instead, law enforcement agents say he arranged to have another man he said worked with him sell the drugs to the informant, and collected $7,000 in return. A week later, the informant allegedly bought approximately one pound more, paying $7,500 directly to Bentley.
Sources say Bentley also priced a kilogram of methamphetamine to the informant for $14,000.
As a result of the two videotaped and audiotaped drug transactions, agents obtained a search warrant for Bentley’s home. According to sources, Bentley was read his rights and then told the FBI and police that he had three pounds of methamphetamine in his house, which the FBI then confiscated.
Bentley is charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, distributing more than 50 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Bentley is being held without bond in the Pike County Detention Center.