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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bowling Green, Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Possess And Distribute Marijuana And Cocaine And Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green armed career criminal was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 5 years of Supervised Release by United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers, for conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana, cocaine and cocaine base, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of cocaine base, and maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing controlled substances, today announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Antwain Santez Sweatt, age 37, pled guilty to five charges in a Superseding Indictment on April 21, 2015. According to the Plea Agreement, between June and July 2014, in Warren County, Kentucky, Sweatt knowingly conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute marijuana, cocaine and cocaine base.  He also admitted to distributing cocaine base, commonly referred to as “crack cocaine,” on July 3, 2014.  Further, Sweatt admitted to renting a house located at 834 Victoria Street, in Bowling Green, for the purpose of distributing or using controlled substances. Finally, Sweatt admitted to knowingly possessing a Jiminez Arms, 9 millimeter pistol and ammunition, after having been convicted of a felony.  In fact, Sweatt was a multi-convicted felon.

On March 10, 1997, Sweatt was sentenced to 7 years in prison for trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. On February 3, 2003, Sweatt was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trafficking in a controlled substance and, in a separate case,  15 years in prison for disarming a police officer, second degree assault and resisting arrest.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Bowling Green Police Department, and the Bowling Green/Warren County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.

Updated July 14, 2015