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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Last Defendant Sentenced in Multi-State Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

LONDON, Ky. - A Somerset, Kentucky, man, Michael Davidson, 33, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday, to 85 months in prison, by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Wier, for conspiracy to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

According to his guilty plea agreement, Davidson admitted that, from October 2018 through February 5, 2019, he conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.  Specifically, Davidson would travel to Dayton, Ohio, to meet with a co-conspirator who was his source of supply for the drugs. Davison and his co-consiprator would then return to Pulaski County, where they distributed the drugs.

Davidson’s co-conspirators were sentenced May and June 2020. Shumaure De’Quan, 27, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 120 months and five years of supervised release. Dennis Shumaker, 61, of Somerset, was sentenced to 60 months and five years of supervised release. Tommy W. Vaughn, 42, of Somerset, was sentenced to 128 months and eight years of supervised release.  

Under federal law, Davidson and his co-defendants must serve 85 percent of their prison sentences. Davidson will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for four years after his release.  

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; James Robert Brown, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; and Sheriff Greg Speck, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, jointly made the announcement. 

The investigation was directed by the FBI and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenna Reed.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
CONTACT: Gabrielle Dudgeon PHONE: (859) 685-4887 E-MAIL: gabrielle.dudgeon@usdoj.gov
Updated August 6, 2020