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Christian County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Cocaine Trafficking and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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

Paducah, KY – A Christian County, Kentucky man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. 

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge J. Todd Scott of the DEA Louisville Field Division, and Hopkinsville Police Chief Jason Newby made the announcement.

According to court documents, Morgan Hancock, Jr., 46, of Hopkinsville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for one count of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

Hancock was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offense.

On September 18, 2009, in Christian Circuit Court, Hancock was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – cocaine.

There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the DEA Paducah Post of Duty and the Hopkinsville Police Department. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus, of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 18, 2024