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Madison County Woman Sentenced to 151 Months for Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine and Cocaine

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. A Richmond, Kentucky, woman, Jennifer G. McFarland, 43, was sentenced on Friday, to 151 months in federal prison respectively, by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, following her conviction for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.           

According to the evidence presented at trial, on March 2, 2019, officers with the Richmond Police Department executed a search warrant on Richard C. Duerson’s apartment, McFarland’s co-defendant, in Richmond. During the search, in Duerson’s bedroom closet, officers located cocaine, more than 50 grams of methamphetamine (including 661 pills containing methamphetamine), and approximately $10,000 in cash, wrapped in a sock.

 After Duerson’s arrest, officers investigated several phone calls he made to McFarland, from the Madison County Detention Center, where they discussed the removal of various items from his apartment. On March 8, 2019, officers obtained a second search warrant, for McFarland’s Richmond residence.  During this search, officers located approximately 303 grams of methamphetamine, 679 grams of cocaine, several firearms, and multiple items used for mixing and preparing narcotics for sale.

McFarland and Duerson were convicted on November 27, 2019. Duerson is scheduled for sentencing on April 3, 2020.

Under federal law, McFarland must serve 85 percent of her prison sentences and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Brett R. Pritts, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA; and James Ebert, Chief of Police, Richmond Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was investigated by the DEA, Richmond Police Department, and the Madison County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Francisco Villalobos II.

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Updated March 6, 2020