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Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty To Distributing Heroin that Resulted in Death

August 22, 2013

LONDON, KY - Following the first day of trial, a Pulaski County man pled guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin and to distributing heroin that resulted in the death of another.

Anthony Lacortiglia, age 29, admitted that he provided heroin to John Latham on May 4, 2012, and that Latham died as a result of using the heroin. Lacortiglia also admitted to conspiring with others to distribute heroin within Pulaski County. The terms of the agreement require Lacortiglia to be imprisoned for 240 months, provided no changes occur with respect to the law surrounding overdose deaths.

Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Perrye Turner, Special Agent in Charge, FBI; Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner; Robbie Clark, Acting Director of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force; and Todd Wood, Pulaski County Sheriff, jointly announced the conviction.

U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said, “This case highlights the importance of cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement in fighting the growing epidemic of heroin overdose deaths. A troubling increase in heroin abuse has been detected in the Eastern District of Kentucky. We are committed to using every available tool to combat this problem. Drug dealers should be on notice that we intend to hold them responsible for the consequences of their criminal conduct.”

The investigation was conducted by Detective Jason Browning of the Kentucky State Police, Detective Darrell Kegley of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Jon Williams of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Agent Mike Walters of the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force, and various agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason Parman.

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