☷Final Defendant Sentenced in Federal Drug Conspiracy Case
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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Owensboro , KY – Ryan Compton , the remaining defendant in a federal drug conspiracy , was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and for distributing methamphetamine . There is no parole in the federal system . According to court documents , beginning on or about November 19 , 2020 , and continuing to on or about December 14 , 2020 , Ryan Compton , 32 , of Owensboro , KY , conspired with Christopher Berry , 41 , of Harned , KY , to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture . Compton also distributed 83 grams of methamphetamine to another person on December 2 , 2020 . Berry was previously sentenced on August 13 , 2021 , to 15 ½ years in federal prison for engaging in the same conspiracy with Compton . Berry was also sentenced for possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a methamphetamine mixture and possessing a handgun as a convicted felon . Berry’s prior felony convictions were for two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance in the first degree . “Excellent investigative work by the ATF Bowling Green Office , the Kentucky State Police , and the Henderson Police Department , stated Michael A . Bennett , United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky . This office , in conjunction with our law enforcement partners , will continue to root out and aggressively prosecute those who poison our communities with illicit drugs . ”“Many families in Kentucky have endured pain and suffering due to the drug crisis plaguing our nation , ” said Special Agent in Charge Shawn Morrow of the Louisville Division . “ATF is committed to making our communities safer . This investigation demonstrates that federal , state , and local law enforcement work closely to pursue drug dealers who use guns . I commend the Kentucky State Police , the Henderson Police Department , the ATF Bowling Green Office and the prosecution team for their hard work in bringing these offenders to justice . ”The Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives , the Kentucky State Police , and the Henderson Police Department investigated the case . Assistant U . S . Attorney Mark J . Yurchisin II of the U . S . Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office prosecuted the case . Louisville Field Division
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