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Lancaster Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Lancaster, Ky., man, Brett M. Martin, 33, was sentenced on Friday, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, to 180 months in prison, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to his plea agreement, on October 12, 2022, law enforcement conducted a search warrant at Martin’s residence, locating six firearms and 93.53 grams of methamphetamine.  Additionally, officers located $36,685.99 in cash at Martin’s grandmother’s residence.  Martin admitted to drug trafficking and to possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Under federal law, Martin must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 10 years. 

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Erek Davodowich, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Louisville Field Division; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Louisville Field Division; Phillip J. Burnett, Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP); Sheriff Willie Skeens, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office; and Sheriff Shawn Hines, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, ATF, KSP, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paco Villalobos prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts.  In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Shier coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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CONTACT:  Gabrielle Dudgeon

PHONE:  (859) 685-4887


Updated May 31, 2024

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