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Newport Man Sentenced to 156 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine

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

COVINGTON, Ky. Timothy Fairless, 51, of Newport, Kentucky, was sentenced today to 156 months in federal prison, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning. Fairless was also sentenced to 5 years of supervised release, following completion of his prison term. 

Fairless previously admitted to conspiring with numerous others to distribute more than 1.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, between August 2016 and March 2018. According to the plea agreement, numerous packages of crystal methamphetamine were sent through the mail from California by J. James Alarcon to Fairless, at various addresses in northern Kentucky.  Fairless admitted to then distributing the methamphetamine to multiple individuals engaged in retail-level trafficking. Agents also seized seven firearms from conspiracy members in the course of the investigation.  

Fairless was indicted in May 2018 and was the final member of the conspiracy to be sentenced.  The following individuals were previously sentenced: Walter Nash received 240 months in prison; J. James Alarcon received 168 months; Dawson Hendricks received 138 months; Christopher Shouse received 120 months; Ryan Dawson received 60 months; Alisha Jones received 46 months; Cassie Scrivner received 39 months; Jennifer Ramos received 25 months; and Wanda Nash received 21 months. Under federal law, each Defendant must serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentence.

“Methamphetamine trafficked in the United States today is more potent and more dangerous than ever before.  It is most frequently manufactured in Mexico and smuggled across the Southwest Border, from where it is shipped or transported across the country,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Robert M. Duncan Jr. “The defendants’ illegal receipt of shipments of methamphetamine in the U.S. mails contributed to methamphetamine use in northern Kentucky.”          

U.S. Attorney Duncan, Eastern District of Kentucky; Christopher White, Assistant Inspector in Charge, Pittsburgh Division, Cincinnati Field Office, of the United States Postal Inspection Service; Chief Tom Grau, Florence Police Department; and Chief Robert Nader, Covington Police Department, jointly announced the sentences.

“People who use the mail to distribute dangerous drugs cause great harm to our communities, and they also place USPS employees at risk of exposure, not only to dangerous substances, but also to the violent crimes associated with drug dealers,” said Assistant Inspector in Charge for USPIS, Christopher White.

“The sentences imposed by the Court reflect the severity of the conduct and underscore the seriousness of the methamphetamine threat we face. I commend the work conducted and the cooperation exhibited by personnel from the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Covington Police Department, and the Florence Police Department,” said US Attorney Duncan. “Because of the dedicated efforts of the law enforcement personnel involved, the defendants are being held accountable for their actions.”

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Florence Police Department, and the Covington Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke.


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Updated November 27, 2019

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