Final Defendant In Ballard County Methamphetamine Distribution Ring, Sentenced To 240 Months In Prison
PADUCAH, Ky. – Wickliffe, Kentucky, resident and convicted felon, Christopher Ford, was the last of six co-defendants sentenced in United States District Court this week to 240 months in prison, followed by a five year period of supervised release, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, for his role in the distribution of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, and additional charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.
“The sentencing of Christopher Ford marks the end of a dangerous and large-scale methamphetamine distribution ring operating in the Wickliffe community,” stated U.S. Attorney John Kuhn. “This case is just one example of our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies working together to disrupt the methamphetamine supply in western Kentucky. Drug dealers who sell this poison will face stiff penalties when we bring them to justice."
Ford, 50, conspired with Wickliffe residents Amy Pary, 40; Delana Mott, 35; Keith A. Cooper, 35; Johnny R. Magee, 43; and Vanessa Cooper to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, between March 1, 2015, and August 26, 2015. All of the sales took place in Ballard County, Kentucky. All were sentenced in United States District Court by Senior Judge Russell. Co-defendant Pary was sentenced to 132 months, Mott was sentenced to 120 months, Cooper was sentenced to 63 months, Magee was sentenced to 48 months and Vanessa Cooper was sentenced to two years of probation.
Ford was convicted in Ballard Circuit Court, on September 5, 2008, in case number 08-CR-00021, of manufacturing methamphetamine, and criminal syndicate/engaging in organized crime. In U.S. District Court, Ford plead guilty to possession of the following firearms: (1) a Smith and Wesson, Model SD40VE, .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol; (2) a Cobra Enterprises, Inc., Model CA380, .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol; (3) a Leinad, Inc., Model MR, .45/410 caliber pistol; (4) a Stag Arms, Model Stag-15, 5.56 millimeter rifle; and (5) a DPMS (Defense Procurement Manufacturing Service), Model A15, .223-5.56 millimeter caliber rifle; and ammunition.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Hancock, and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Paducah Police Department, the Ballard County Sheriff’s Department, the Murray Police Department, the
Russell County Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.