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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Marion County Man Indicted On Federal Drug Charges

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an Indictment today charging Marion County, KY resident Jerry Lee Bright with possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Jerry Lee Bright, 62, of Marion County, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

“The allegations contained in the Indictment are serious controlled substance offenses,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett.  “I commend the work and partnership of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and HSI during the investigation of this case.”

If convicted, Bright faces a mandatory sentence of five years in prison up to a maximum of forty years in prison for each count.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Shannon is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated September 7, 2021