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Thornton man faces multiple federal gun and drug charges

A Thornton man already charged with multiple state drug and gun charges in Letcher County will be arraigned in October on federal drug trafficking charges.

Roger Lee Miles, 50, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamines.

Miles was arrested in January as a result of a search warrant Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines executed January 9 on two storage buildings rented by Miles and his son, Roger Allen Miles, at Mayking and Ermine. Inside, Stines said he found collectable coins, jewelry and two AR-15 rifles, all of which authorities contend were stolen.

As a result, Roger Lee Miles was indicted on charges of two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of second-degree persistent felony offender, complicity to acquire property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, complicity to receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more, and complicity to receiving a stolen firearm.

The federal charges date to incidents in July 16, 2019, and October 25, 2019. The indictment alleges that on July 16, 2019, Miles “did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.” It also alleges that on Oct. 25, 2019, Miles “did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of $3,664 in cash seized by federal agents on October 25, 2019.

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