ASHLAND Federal authorities have charged an Ohio man arrested last month in Greenup County on drug charges.
Robert W. Amos, 33, of Dayton, is facing a possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine charge and a possession with intent to distribute heroin charge in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Kentucky. He faces 10 years to life on each charge, according to the code he has been charged under.
Amos is already facing state drug charges in Greenup County following his Jan. 23 arrest by the Fivco Area Drug Enforcement Task Force. Records from the state case show Amos brought 9 ounces of meth and 14 grams of heroin into the county.
He was arraigned on his new charges Friday at the federal courthouse in Pikeville. U.S. Magistrate Edward B. Atkins set his preliminary and detention hearings on Feb. 12 in Ashland.
A federal criminal complaint filed Jan. 31 by the DEA shows FADE received the information that Amos, nicknamed “Dolla,” was hauling a large amount of meth to an apartment in the Appalachian Foothills Apartments in Wurtland. DEA and FADE officers staked out the apartment, waiting or Amos to show, the complaint states. At 10 p.m. on Jan. 23, a white GMC Denali pulled into the parking lot and Amos got out, federal records show.
The SUV pulled out of the parking and Amos walked towards the suspected apartment, according to the officers.
Police moved in.
Amos told officers he had “ice” — street slang for meth — in his pocket, records show. The meth found in his hoodie weighted 283 grams, while a bag of heroin found in his flannel shirt weighted 42 grams, according to the complaint.
The United States Supreme Court ruled in several 19th century cases that a single act — in this case drug possession — can violate a federal law and a state law. Therefore, a person can be charged both court systems and it does not violate double jeopardy, according to the rulings. The U.S. Supreme Court has since affirmed those rulings multiple times, most recently in Gamble v. United States in 2018.
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