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Two federally charged with distributing large quantity of meth


PIKEVILLE – Two men were federally indicted last week for allegedly distributing a large quantity of methamphetamine in Johnson and Magoffin counties in April 2018. 

According to an indictment issued on July 2 by a federal grand jury in Pikeville, Tommy Joe Minix, 34, of Salyersville, and Scott Galen Linville, 27, of Lexington, are charged with conspiring to knowingly and intentionally distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about April 9, 2018 in Johnson and Magoffin counties. Minix is also charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Also listed in the indictment, law enforcement seized five guns, various rounds of ammunition and $1,331 from Minix and $328 from Linville on April 9, 2018. The firearms confiscated included a Taurus Millennium G2, 9mm caliber pistol; Hi-Point, 9 mm caliber pistol; Interarms, LTD .380 caliber pistol; Henry Gun Co., .22 caliber rifle; and S.I.G., .40 caliber pistol.

For the first count, which they both are charged with, they are facing not less than five years and not more than 40 years imprisonment, not more than a $5 million fine and at least four years supervised release. If they have a prior serious drug felony conviction, those penalties will be bumped up to not less than 10 years nor more than life imprisonment, not more than an $8 million fine, and at least eight years supervised release. For Minix’s firearm charge, he is also facing not less than five years nor more than life imprisonment, to be served consecutive to any term of imprisonment imposed for any other offense, not more than a $250,000 fine and not more than five years of supervised release.

Currently, Minix is being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on an unrelated drug trafficking indictment, also from Magoffin, and has hearings scheduled for an indictment case out of Johnson County, as well. 

Linville is in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail, serving a 10-year sentence for a 2018 Fayette case, in which he was found guilty of third-degree arson, first-degree unlawful access to computer, theft of identity of another without consent, and fraudulent firearm transaction. 

The two are to be transported via U.S. Marshals for their arraignment and initial court appearance on August 1 in Pikeville federal court. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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