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Herndon now facing federal charges


By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A man arrested recently twice in the same day now faces federal firearms charges after he was indicted June 20.

Ryan Herndon, 29, of Jeffersonville, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to illegal firearms possession and sales, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The grand jury, sitting in Lexington, returned a four-count indictment against Herndon charging him with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of selling a firearm to a convicted felon, the release said.

Court records show that Herndon has a lengthy criminal history with offenses allegedly committed in Montgomery, Scott, Powell and Bath counties.

The federal indictment alleges that in May Herndon, a convicted felon, was unlawfully in possession of two different firearms on two different dates, according to the release.

The indictment further alleges that Herndon knowingly sold these same firearms to a person he knew or had reason to believe was also a convicted felon, the release said.

The investigation into the alleged offenses was conducted by the Gateway Area Drug Task Force and by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according the release.

The Gateway Area Drug Task Force was created as part of the community’s designation with Appalachian HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).

For each count, Herndon faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, if convicted, the release said.

The indictment was announced by Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart L. Lowery, special agent in charge with the ATF’s Louisville Field Division; and Sgt. Jimmy Daniels of Gateway HIDTA. Daniels is also a detective supervisor with the Mt. Sterling Police Dept.

An indictment is a formal accusation of a crime, but does not establish guilt.

Daniels told the Advocate that additional charges are pending against Herndon as part of the task force investigation.

Herndon is already facing charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court after being arrested twice June 6.

That morning, at approximately 2:40 a.m., Herndon was arrested by Mt. Sterling Police during a traffic stop. He reportedly had no insurance card and had suspected drugs stashed in a soda can in his vehicle.

Herndon was charged with failure to or improper signal, failure to produce an insurance card, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and tampering with physical evidence.

At the Montgomery County Regional Jail, Herndon reportedly tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine and amphetamine, according to court records. He was released after posting a $5,000 surety bond, court documents show.

Conditions of his bond were that he not violate any local, state or federal laws, not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs, no illegal use of alcohol or controlled substances, make all court appearances and maintain contact with his attorney.

Herndon was arrested again about 10:30 p.m. by Montgomery County Sheriff David Charles. Deputies had responded to a report of a robbery at Hog Creek and Sawmill roads just after 7 p.m.

There, a man claimed Herndon and three others picked him up at Dairy Queen and drove him to the location where Herndon allegedly pulled a knife and robbed him of two cell phones.

Charles reportedly stopped a vehicle matching the description at Cream Alley and Levee roads. Herndon reportedly had a knife in his lap.

Herndon was charged with first-degree robbery and booked into the Montgomery County Regional Jail. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.