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Powell County Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 224 Months

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Adkins, 46, of Powell County, Kentucky was sentenced yesterday, by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves, to 224 months in federal prison, for distributing methamphetamine.

Beginning in October 2017 and continuing through January 2018, law enforcement made eight purchases of methamphetamine from Mark Adkins, at his residence in Powell County.  In total, officers seized approximately 671 grams of methamphetamine.  Adkins has two prior drug trafficking convictions—one in Morgan Circuit Court and a second in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Adkins will be required to serve at least 85% of the sentence imposed.  Upon his release, he will be under supervision by the United States Probation Office for a period of five years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; D. Christopher Evans, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Lexington; and Commissioner Richard Sanders, Kentucky State Police, jointly announced the sentence. The investigation was conducted by personnel from KSP, the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) Drug Task Force, and DEA.  Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Bradley prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated July 18, 2019

Drug Trafficking