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Four Sentenced this Week for Conspiring to Distribute Heroin

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

COVINGTON, Ky. – Courtney Webster, 34, of Cincinnati; Jonathan Stanley, 34, of Cincinnati; Keith Johnson, 35, of Alexandria, Kentucky; and Michael Boone, 45, of Newport, Kentucky, were sentenced this week, by United States District Judge David L. Bunning, for conspiring to distribute heroin.  On Tuesday, Webster was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison and Stanley was sentenced to 51 months.  Today, Johnson was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison and Boone was sentenced to 90 months.

Webster was convicted of leading the conspiracy, which included the other defendants and was responsible for distributing over a kilogram of heroin in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, from November 2016 through April 2018.  Court documents established that Webster distributed heroin himself, and directed others who were selling heroin that he supplied.  They also established that, during the course of the investigation, law enforcement agents conducted over 20 controlled buys of heroin from conspiracy members.         

All four were indicted in April 2018 and entered guilty pleas.  Under federal law, each defendant must serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentence; and following their release, they will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for an additional term. 

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; James Robert Brown, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Robert Nader, Chief of the Covington Police Department, jointly made the announcement.  The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Covington Police Department.  The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Tony Bracke.

Updated December 20, 2018

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