Paducah man sentenced on drug and money laundering crimes


Date: January 19, 2021


Louisville, KY — Anthony Q. Daniels, of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering. He pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on August 20, 2020.

"Investigating drug trafficking from a financial perspective deprives criminals of their profit," said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. "IRS CI will continue to work with the United States Attorney's Office and our law enforcement partners to punish those involved in drug trafficking and laundering proceeds."

According to court documents, in or about October 3, 2019, in McCracken County, Kentucky, Daniels knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Further, on or about and between January 3, 2017 and May 19, 2018 in McCracken County, Kentucky, Daniels transferred funds to individuals located in Arizona, Mexico, and elsewhere using Western Union and MoneyGram to facilitate narcotics trafficking activities. He made at least 23 transactions with Western Union and at least 21 transactions with MoneyGram during the date range. For example on January 3, 2017, May 2, 2018, and May 19, 2018, Daniels sent $1,000 to individuals located in Arizona, Mexico, or elsewhere, using MoneyGram.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Drug Enforcement Administration.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Corinne Keel and Leigh Ann Dycus.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.