Russellville man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Russellville man recently pleaded guilty to a federal indictment in a drug trafficking case.

Allen Libbert, 39, will be sentenced at a later date.

He is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. There is no plea agreement.

Court documents show on April 2, 2012, authorities received anonymous information that illegal drug activity was occurring at a residence on Hidden Valley Road in Russellville.

The information included that there was possibly a methamphetamine lab on the premises.

Authorities made contact with Libbert, who allowed officers to search the premises.

Libbert also allowed authorities to search a metal building on the property, on the other side of a driveway/parking area from the residence.

Officers entered the building and arrested another individual inside who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Authorities told Libbert that since someone on the premises was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, they would need to do a further search, but Libbert refused.

Eventually Libbert offered to give the officers whatever illegal property he had, rather than wait for a search warrant.

In a desk next to the kitchen, Libbert opened a drawer and handed officers a small blue zipper bag and a camouflage cloth. Inside the cloth was a glass pipe with white powder on the inside. Inside the bag were three baggies of crystalline powder.

Next to the desk was a cabinet that contained a small safe with a digital combination. Libbert opened it and inside were digital scales, a black bag containing two large bags of crystalline powder, $19,600 in cash, and three pistols. The crystalline powder field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The search of the residence ultimately turned up firearms, a surveillance system, cell phones and a computer.

A search warrant was obtained, authorizing a forensic examination of the defendant’s cell phone. Included in the contacts list in the defendant’s phone was the email address for an individual known by law enforcement to be involved in the sale of methamphetamine.

The next day, during an interview with investigators, Libbert stated that he had been purchasing and using methamphetamine for about four years, using about three-quarters of a gram to a full gram of methamphetamine per day. Libbert said he purchased about an ounce of meth per month for $2,000.

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