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Ky: Christopher Francisco Sentenced to Over 26 Years
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Ky: Christopher Francisco Sentenced to Over 26 Years

Ky: Christopher Francisco Sentenced to Over 26 Years for Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking in Floyd County (STL.News) – Christopher Francisco, 30, of Boyle County, Kentucky, was sentenced last week to 322 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Robert Wier, for possession with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to his plea agreement, law enforcement stopped Francisco’s vehicle in Floyd County, Kentucky, on February 11, 2020, and found approximately three pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm.  Francisco admitted in his plea agreement that he had been regularly delivering methamphetamine to drug dealers in Floyd County.  During the sentencing hearing, the Court found...
Ky: James Hamilton Sentenced to 90 Months for Distribution
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Ky: James Hamilton Sentenced to 90 Months for Distribution

Ky: James Hamilton Sentenced to 90 Months for Distribution of Child Pornography (STL.News) – A Ft. Thomas, Kentucky man, James Hamilton, 52, was sentenced to 90 months on Friday, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for distribution of child pornography. According to his plea agreement, between January 31, 2018 and March 1, 2018, an investigator with the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force traced a computer, which had connected to Bit Torrent and downloaded files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, to a computer in Hamilton’s possession.  After a search warrant was obtained, Hamilton’s laptop was seized by law enforcement, who later found the suspected files, along with over 600 images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Hami...
Ky: Franklin Certain and Rikki Wurts Sentenced
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Ky: Franklin Certain and Rikki Wurts Sentenced

Ky: Franklin Certain and Rikki Wurts Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking (STL.News) – A couple from Ashland, Ky., Franklin Certain, 38, and Rikki Wurts, 24, were sentenced in federal court on Friday, to 120 months and 70 months in prison respectively, before U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. According to Certain and Wurts’ plea agreements, on April 21, 2019, law enforcement responded to an animal complaint at a residence shared by Certain and Wurts.  There, law enforcement found Certain and Wurts in possession of 1,189.3 grams of methamphetamine inside the residence.  While in custody, Wurts spoke to a relative about the incident and confirmed that she and Certain were selling the methamphetamine. Certa...
Lexington, Ky: Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers Sentenced to 70 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking
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Lexington, Ky: Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers Sentenced to 70 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking

Lexington, Ky: Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers Sentenced to 70 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking and Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon (STL.News) – A Versailles, Ky., man, Kashajuan Kalil Lyvers 24, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on Wednesday, before U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to Lyvers’ plea agreement, he admitted that, on October 2, 2019, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle and found him in possession of more than six grams of fentanyl that he planned to distribute.  Furthermore, Lyvers was found with a stolen, loaded.40 caliber pistol.  Lyvers admitted that he possessed the firearm unlawfully because he was a convicted felon. Lyvers had p...
Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Promotes 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
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Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Promotes 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. wants to ensure that everyone knows how to rid their homes of unused and unwanted medications. The DEA is holding its 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 24 at locations across the country.  The nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. “I strongly support the DEA’s Tack Back Day; among its many benefits, it dramatically assists the DEA and our other law enforcement partners in reducing unlawful access to prescription drugs,” stated U.S. Attorney Duncan.  “In 2019, we lost 1,316 Kentucky residents to overdose deaths, with a significant number of those overdose...
Louisville, Ky: ATF & LMPD Investigators Honored With U.S. Attorney’s Award
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Louisville, Ky: ATF & LMPD Investigators Honored With U.S. Attorney’s Award

Louisville, Ky: ATF & LMPD Investigators Honored With U.S. Attorney’s Award For Work In Fighting Violent Crime In Louisville (STL.News) – United States Attorney Russell Coleman is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the U.S. Attorney’s Award For Excellence in Law Enforcement are Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detectives Holly Hogan, Tyrell Barner, and Jordan Settle, along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agents Andrew Bledsoe and Dan Volk. “These ATF and LMPD colleagues demonstrated a level of mission-focus and willingness to collaborate across agency barriers for a unitary purpose: the safety of Louisville families,” said United States Attorney Russell Coleman.  “Individuals and families across our city are safer for it.” Th...
Bowling Green, Ky: New U.S. Attorney’s Office In Bowling Green Delivering
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Bowling Green, Ky: New U.S. Attorney’s Office In Bowling Green Delivering

Bowling Green, Ky: New U.S. Attorney’s Office In Bowling Green Delivering On Promises To Better Serve South Central Kentucky (STL.News) – In February of this year United States Attorney Russell Coleman officially opened a full-time staffed federal prosecutors’ office in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a first in the history of the Commonwealth. Since the opening of the office in February and notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal prosecutors now living and working in Bowling Green, have presented, and the grand jury returned, 30 federal indictments in the Bowling Green division.  The indictments include 18 cases involving firearms offenses, 10 of which also involved drugs, five stand-alone drug cases, two cases of child exploitation, and two cases involving fraud.  Additionally, the ...
Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces Over $2 Million in Justice Department Grants
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Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces Over $2 Million in Justice Department Grants

Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces Over $2 Million in Justice Department Grants to Combat Addiction Crisis (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., announced on Monday the awarding of $2,011,078 in Department of Justice grants, to fight drug abuse and addiction in eastern Kentucky.  The grants were awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and are part of more than $341 million going to communities nationwide. “The addiction crisis has taken an enormous toll on America’s families and communities, eroding public health, threatening public safety and claiming tens of thousands of lives year after year,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “Through comprehensive measures taken by this administration, we have been able to curtail the opioid epidemic,...
Kentucky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.5 Million
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Kentucky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.5 Million

Kentucky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.5 Million to Support Testing, Tracking of Sexual Assault Kits and an Additional $1.49 Million to Advance Forensic Science in Kentucky (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., announced on Monday two separate grants of Department of Justice funds that were awarded to recipients in the Eastern District of Kentucky. U.S. Attorney Duncan announced $1.5 million in Department of Justice grants to the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, to help law enforcement agencies and crime labs process sexual assault evidence and increase the number of sexual assault kits submitted to crime labs in order to solve more crimes, including cold cases, in the Eastern District of Kentucky.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Prog...
Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.9 Million in Grants
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Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.9 Million in Grants

Lexington, Ky: U.S. Attorney Duncan Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Address School Violence in Kentucky (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. announced Monday over $1.9 Million in Department of Justice grants, to address violence occurring in our nation’s schools.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $87 million that has been awarded to bolster school security, support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident, and conduct research on school safety. STOP School Violence, a program of OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, improves school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence.  In a...
Louisville, Ky; Statement From U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman
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Louisville, Ky; Statement From U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman

(STL.News) – Federal law enforcement here in Louisville is sworn to protect First Amendment-protected speech, to include peaceful protest.  A key provision of that constitutional right though, is to be “peaceable.”  Shooting this city’s law enforcement officers, looting its businesses, and committing arson at the front door of its state courthouse is far from peaceable. Louisville has endured enough loss of life; we are experiencing historic levels of murders and shootings of our neighbors.  No one else in this community should face the loss of a loved one or destruction of their place of business.  Cross the line from peaceful protest into federal criminal conduct that puts people at risk and we will do everything in our power to swiftly bring federal charges.  If you use lawful protest ...
Owensboro, Ky; Feds Charged James Frasier and six others For Meth Trafficking
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Owensboro, Ky; Feds Charged James Frasier and six others For Meth Trafficking

Owensboro, Ky; Feds Charged James Frasier and six others For Meth Trafficking In Owensboro Area | USAO-WDKY (STL.News) – Seven defendants have been charged by a federal Grand Jury for dealing methamphetamine in and around Owensboro, Kentucky, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman. “Meth is poison. It destroys lives and wrecks families,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.  “Deal it in Daviess County and our Pennyrile Region and expect federal prosecution and significant time in federal prison.” According to a federal indictment, James Frasier, 39, of Henderson, Kentucky, has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.  According to the indictment, as early as September 23, 2019, and continuing through December 20, 2019...
Ashland, Ky; Robert Amos Sentenced to 140 Months for Methamphetamine
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Ashland, Ky; Robert Amos Sentenced to 140 Months for Methamphetamine

Ashland, Ky; Robert Amos Sentenced to 140 Months for Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Trafficking | USAO-EDKY (STL.News) – A Dayton, Ohio man, Robert Amos, 33, was sentenced in federal court on Monday, to 140 months in prison, before U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for possession with intention to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. According to his plea agreement, Amos admitted that when he was stopped by law enforcement, he was in possession of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of fentanyl for distribution. Amos pleaded guilty in May 2020. Under federal law, Amos must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years. Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern...
Paducah, Ky; Paducah Police Department Drug Unit Receives First-Ever U.S. Attorney’s Award
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Paducah, Ky; Paducah Police Department Drug Unit Receives First-Ever U.S. Attorney’s Award

Paducah, Ky; Paducah Police Department Drug Unit Receives First-Ever U.S. Attorney’s Award For Excellence In Law Enforcement | USAO-WDKY (STL.News) – United States Attorney Russell Coleman is pleased to announce that the first-ever recipient of the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement Award is the Paducah Police Department Drug Unit. “Paducah has much to be proud of in its Police Department and the PPD Drug Unit, the core mission of which is to fight to remove the poison that threatens the most vulnerable among us and the violence caused by drug trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “The Keeton Corrections facility had long been a thorn in the side of this community and risk to its neighbors.  Addressing that threat is a gold standard example of how the feds can come alongside our ...
London, Ky; Joe Barlow Owens Sentenced to 240 Months
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London, Ky; Joe Barlow Owens Sentenced to 240 Months

London, Ky; Joe Barlow Owens Sentenced to 240 Months for Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking (STL.News) – A Blacksburg, South Carolina man, Joe Barlow Owens, 44, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison on Wednesday, before U.S. District Judge Claria Horn Boom, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. In his prior guilty plea, Owens admitted that he committed both offenses on February 25, 2019, in Knox County.  According to his guilty plea agreement, law enforcement officials searched his vehicle and found over 700 grams of methamphetamine, cash, and a loaded firearm, which Owens admitted was to protect his drugs and drug proceeds.  Owens also admitted that he knew he had a prior felony conviction, for poss...