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Two Men Sentenced For Conspiracy To Distribute Crack Cocaine In Paris, Kentucky

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron T. Shakir, 36, and Tracey M. Thomas, 51, both of Paris, Ky., were sentenced today by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for conspiring to distribute 28 grams of more of crack cocaine in Paris, during June and July 2016. Shakir was sentenced to 35 years in prison and Thomas was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In May 2017, a federal jury found Shakir guilty of the drug conspiracy charge and substantive drug distribution charges. Shakir was also found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm during his drug trafficking. The jury convicted Shakir after a two-day trial. Thomas pleaded guilty, in May 2017, and admitted to conspiring with Shakir to distribute the crack cocaine.

Under federal law, Shakir and Thomas must serve 85 percent of their prison sentences. Upon release, both Shakir and Thomas will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for eight years.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Stuart Lowery, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Richard Sanders, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police (KSP), jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF and the KSP. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert M. Duncan, Jr., and Cynthia T. Rieker.


Wm. Allen Love
Law Enforcement Coordinator/Community Relations Section Supervisor
Office: 859-685-4805
Mobile: 859-351-7846

Updated August 31, 2017

Drug Trafficking