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Lexington Man Sentenced to Over 13 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking in Owensboro

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

Owensboro, KY – A Lexington, Kentucky man was sentenced to over 13 years in federal prison today for methamphetamine trafficking.  

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Sheila Lyons of the DEA Chicago Field Division, and Chief Art Ealum of the Owensboro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents, James Leavell, Jr., 37, of Lexington and formerly of Owensboro, was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison, followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for distributing over 50 grams of methamphetamine in Owensboro during 2019.

There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the DEA Evansville Resident Office and the Owensboro Police Department with assistance from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Dahl prosecuted the case.


Updated May 25, 2023