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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Owensboro Man Arrested on Federal Charges for Distribution of Fentanyl

Owensboro, KY – An Owensboro, Kentucky man was arrested today on a federal indictment charging him with two counts of distribution of fentanyl.   

According to court documents, Ricky Sutton, 28, distributed a mixture and substance containing fentanyl in Owensboro, KY on November 3, 2021, and January 4, 2022.

Sutton is charged with two counts of distribution of fentanyl. If convicted, Sutton faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. 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. Sutton remains in custody pending an arraignment and detention hearing to be held on September 2, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

The FBI, the ATF, the Owensboro-Daviess County Appalachia HIDTA Drug Task Force, and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Yurchisin II, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, 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 August 30, 2022