Perry County Woman Sentenced for Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking
LONDON, Ky.— A Hazard, Ky., woman, Sherry L. Spencer, 46, was sentenced to 190 months in federal prison on Monday, by U.S. District Judge Robert Wier, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
According to Spencer’s plea agreement, on July 26, 2022, law enforcement conducted a search of her residence and located over 1,344 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun in proximity to the methamphetamine. Additionally, law enforcement found another loaded handgun and an AR-15 style rifle. Spencer admitted that she possessed these firearms for protection in furtherance of her drug trafficking.
Under federal law, Spencer must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence. Upon her release from prison, she will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Michael E. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; and Phillip J. Burnett, Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP, jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and KSP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Trimble 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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