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Versailles Man Sentenced to 190 Months for Trafficking Fentanyl and Heroin

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Damon Bristol Hardy, of Versailles, Kentucky, was sentenced on Friday to 190 months in federal prison, by Chief United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin.

In his guilty plea agreement, Hardy admitted that on April 2, 2019, in Woodford County, he possessed and intended to distribute 6.8 grams of a mixture that contained fentanyl and heroin.  Hardy also agreed to abandon $587 in cash and various drug paraphernalia seized from him.  Hardy admitted that he threw the controlled substances away, as he fled from the police.

Due to his prior criminal history, which included convictions for third-degree assault (police / probation officer) and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin), Hardy was subject to an enhanced sentence.

Under federal law, Hardy must serve a minimum of 85 percent of his prison sentence.  He will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for six years after being released.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Dan Dodds, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA Louisville Field Division; and Chief Mike Murray, Versailles Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was directed by the Versailles Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The United States was represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Chapman.

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CONTACT: Gabrielle Dudgeon
PHONE: (859) 685-4887

Updated December 20, 2019

Drug Trafficking