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Man faces 40 years in pen after his plea in meth case

A Letcher County man is facing up to 40 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Roger Lee Miles, 51, of Thornton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of “a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine.” He will be sentenced August 18.

The guilty plea says that the U.S. Attorney could prove that on July 16, 2019, police served a search warrant on Miles’s home and recovered “at least” 50 grams of methamphetamine. It says that after Miles was arrested and read his Miranda rights, he told agents that he could get a pound of meth in Louisville. Investigators later learned that he had previously picked up a pound of the drug, and the 50 grams of meth found during the search was part of that shipment.

Miles also agreed to forfeit $3,364 confiscated during the search. In exchange for his plea, the U.S. Attorney dropped a second charge of possession with intent to distribute in October of 2019

Miles has a long history of arrests. He was indicted in Letcher Circuit Court in November 2019 on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, after federal agents and state police had already located the drugs for which he was later indicted in federal court. In addition, Miles was arrested in January 2020 after the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants on two storage buildings rented by Miles and his son, Roger Alan Miles, and confiscated two AR-15 style rifles and a cache of collectible coins and jewelry, all of which police believe was stolen. Both Miles and his son were indicted in March 2020 on drug, theft and firearms charges related to those searches, and again a week later for allegedly being part of an organized crime ring for their participation in an assault on another inmate while they were prisoners in the Letcher County Jail.

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