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Detroit Man Sentenced to 90 Months for Trafficking Heroin

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

COVINGTON, Ky. - A Detroit man, Aaron Smith, 46, who previously admitted to possessing over 300 grams of heroin with the intent to sell it, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning.

According to Smith’s guilty plea, he admitted to possessing 308 grams of heroin in route from Detroit, with the intention to deliver and distribute the heroin in Lexington, Kentucky. He was stopped on Interstate 75 by law enforcement, who seized the drugs which were hidden behind the dashboard of the vehicle.

Smith pleaded guilty in May 2019. Smith was previously convicted in 2012, for trafficking in heroin and codeine, in the Jefferson Circuit Court.

Under federal law, Smith must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 5 years.

Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Commissioner Richard Sanders, Kentucky State Police, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by Kentucky State Police. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wade Thomas Napier.

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CONTACT: Gabrielle Dudgeon
PHONE: (859) 685-4887

Updated December 17, 2019

Drug Trafficking