A federal grand jury indicted a third man on charges he participated in a meth-dealing conspiracy that involved shipping the drug from California to Bowling Green.
Joshua Preston Moore, 31, of Bowling Green, was charged Wednesday in a superseding federal indictment with conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.
Moore is accused of conspiring with Jason Dean Borden and Charles Henry Ickes to sell meth between December 2014 and February.
The indictment charges Borden with possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The new charges indicate the broadening of a conspiracy that authorities trace to the Feb. 13 interception of a package addressed to a residence on East 13th Avenue from a person in Antioch, Calif.
The postal inspector who flagged the package for suspicious content obtained a search warrant and found 1 1/2 pounds of suspected crystal meth in two vacuum-sealed bags, according to court records.
From there, the postal inspector requested help from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force to make a controlled delivery of the package to the addressee.
After obtaining a search warrant for the residence in anticipation of the package’s delivery, authorities saw a black Dodge Charger pull into the driveway and watched a man get out of the vehicle and walk into the residence.
The postal inspector knocked on the front door a few minutes later with the package.
Once the man accepted it, ATF and drug task force agents approached the house, executed the search warrant and detained the man and his girlfriend.
The man agreed to cooperate with police and signed on as a confidential informant, according to court records.
“The (informant) stated he had been receiving crystal methamphetamine from a guy in California, and identified his source for crystal methamphetamine as being a white male named Charles Ickes,” ATF Special Agent David Hayes said in a criminal complaint.
Prior to police involvement, Ickes, 33, sent three other packages of crystal meth to the informant’s residence dating back to December, with one of the packages containing 2 pounds of the drug, Hayes stated in the complaint.
Borden, 45, of Bowling Green, was identified as the person who would ultimately receive the package for distribution, according to federal court records.
Police arrested Borden on Feb. 13 after the cooperating defendant made a controlled delivery of the package to Borden in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.
Moore was convicted in Warren Circuit Court in 2009 of first-degree fleeing and evading police and for unlawful possession of a meth precursor. He was convicted in the same court in 2006 for trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, court records show.