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Paducah Man Sentenced To 84 Months In Prison For Distribution of Crack Cocaine

– Sentence includes forfeiture of cash and vehicles

September 1, 2011

PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah, Kentucky man has been sentenced to 84 months in prison after pleading guilty in United States District Court to charges of distribution of crack cocaine, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

James Blanding, Jr., age 26, was charged on January 11, 2011 in a four-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Paducah, Kentucky. He pled guilty to the charges on May 26, 2011, and was sentenced today by Chief Judge Thomas B. Russell.

According to court records, Blanding admitted that he sold cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack” cocaine, on four separate occasions in July, 2010. He sold between 13 and 26.4 net grams of crack cocaine, during each sale, with a total street value of over $3,000. As a result of Blanding’s guilty plea he will be required to forfeit $3,250 in U.S. currency, a 2001 Cadillac Deville and a 1995 Jeep Cherokee.

Assistant United States Attorney David Sparks prosecuted this case. The Bowling Green, Kentucky Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) conducted the investigation in partnership with Kentucky State Police DESI West (Drug Enforcement Special Investigations) and the Paducah Police Department, as part of ATF’s ongoing commitment to reduce violent crime and other threats to public safety.

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