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Detroit Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Trafficking in Fentanyl, Heroin, and Oxycodone

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Vincent S. Edge, 37, of Detroit, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for conspiring to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone.   Edge was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Edge previously admitted that, in early 2016, he came to the Richmond and Morehead, Kentucky areas to sell fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone.  Edge admitted that he supplied oxycodone to drug dealers in Morehead.  Edge also leased an apartment in Richmond and sold fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone from that location.  Law enforcement agents purchased fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone from Edge, in September of 2016.  Edge also recruited other drug dealers from Detroit to live at his Richmond apartment and sell fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone drugs in the areas.  Edge supplied the drugs to local sellers and took the profits back to Detroit.  On December 8, 2016, state and federal law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the apartment and recovered, drug proceeds, fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone.  Edge was ultimately arrested in Northern Ohio.

Edge pleaded guilty to the federal charge in April 2018.

“This is another example of drug traffickers from larger cities coming to Central Kentucky to profit from selling the illegal drugs that are devastating our community,” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  “This prosecution should serve as warning to those who look to engage in similar conduct:  if you are selling these dangerous drugs and profiting from the suffering and death they cause, no matter where you are from, we will look to prosecute you and place your freedom in jeopardy.  We are committed to using all the tools we have to combat this continuing epidemic.” 

“I want to commend the work of the DEA and our local law enforcement partners  in this case,” said U.S. Attorney Duncan.  “The partnerships between federal, state, and local law enforcement are critically important to reducing the presence of these drugs and the overdoses that are engulfing our community.”  

Under federal law, Edge must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for three years.

United States Attorney Duncan; Darrell Christopher Evans, Special Agent in Charge, DEA; Richard Sanders, Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police; Matt Sparks, Rowan County Sheriff, and Mike Coyle, Madison County Sheriff, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, KSP, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, and Madison County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Appalachian HIDTA.  The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Roger W. West.

Updated July 31, 2018

Drug Trafficking