The Edmonson County Sheriff's office is now working with the ATF in regard to Tuesday's drug bust on Louisville Road where Bruce Wilson, 35, of Smiths Grove was arrested on multiple drug and firearm charges.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said he received a call from an ATF agent that had more information regarding Wilson. The agent said that an Assistant U.S. Attorney is now considering federal prosecution against Wilson.
Sheriff Doyle said it's been discovered that one of the firearms seized in the arrest was reported stolen out of Barren County just a month ago.
The sheriff said federal charges have harsher penalties and if convicted on more than one charge, jail sentences must run consecutively, not concurrently.
Wilson is already a convicted felon out of Florida for theft and cocaine possession charges. Doyle said any of the state charges that are not prosecuted at the federal level will still be prosecuted at the state level.
"Sometimes cases just get started after the arrest is made, like this one," Sheriff Doyle said. "We take every case seriously, but this one is certainly severe and we're looking forward to working with the ATF to see that justice is served."