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Dayton Man Sentenced for Cocaine Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

DAYTON – Keon Rutledge, 35, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 90 months in prison for possession with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Steve Francis, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and other members of the Sheriff’s RANGE Task Force, Clinton County Sheriff Ralph D. Fizer, Jr. and members of the Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.


According to the Statement of Facts in this case, on May 4, 2016, Rutledge received nearly 2,000 grams of cocaine at a business located on Salem Avenue in Dayton, and that was within 1,000 feet of a private middle school. A second search warrant was executed at Rutledge’s home on Riverview Terrace, where a bulletproof vest, an additional amount of cocaine and firearms were recovered. These items were forfeited, along with $2,300 in cash.


Rutledge pleaded guilty on December 7, 2016 to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation by law enforcement, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Hunt who is representing the United States in this case.



Updated March 17, 2017

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