Jury convicts Kentucky man of federal kidnapping, trafficking charges

Published 8:53 am Thursday, June 24, 2021

A federal jury in Kentucky man on charges involving kidnapping and the possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Thomas Hamblin, 65, of Perry County, was convicted following a five-day trial and approximately four hours of deliberations.

The jury handed down the conviction after evidence indicated that Hamblin and several others conspired to kidnap two people in Tazewell.

A partial recording of the assault and kidnapping, along with other evidence presented at the trial, indicated that Hamblin and others held the two victims at gunpoint, tied them up with duct tape, assaulted them with a baseball bat, and interrogated them, as retaliation for a drug-related incident.

Hamblin was arrested in July 2020 following an investigation by the DEA, the Hazard Police Department, Operation UNITE, the Tazewell, Tennessee Police Department, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kentucky State Police.

All of Hamblin’s co-defendants plead guilty, Hamblin will appear for sentencing on October 26.

He could face anywhere from ten years to a life sentence.