Perry man convicted of kidnapping, cocaine charges

Thomas Hamblin
Thomas Hamblin

LONDON, Ky. — A Perry County man has been convicted of federal kidnapping and drug charges, following a five-day trial.

Thomas Hamblin, 65, of Hazard, was indicted last July along with five other people. All of the other co-defendants entered guilty pleas in the case.

According to testimony at trial, Hamblin worked with others to distribute pounds of cocaine in Perry County. He also conspired with others and recruited people to kidnap two people in Tazewell, Tennessee, during which the victims were held at gunpoint, tied up with duct tape, and assaulted with a baseball bat.

Portions of the kidnapping were recorded on a cell phone which was later recovered by police.

Hamblin was found guilty of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and weapons charges.

He faces anywhere between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in October.