A Pittsburg man has been indicted on federal drug charges for attempting to distribute meth.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Donald Boyce’s office, Benjamin A. Burns, 44, of Pittsburg, was charged in a two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

The indictment says the crimes took place between April and January in Williamson and Jackson counties, according to the release.

Burns made his initial appearance Jan. 19 and during a detention hearing Wednesday, he was ordered to be held without bond pending a March 12 jury trial.

The release states the conspiracy offense carries a maximum penalty of five to 40 years of imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine. It also said that the distribution offense carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.

— The Southern

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin and Williamson counties.

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