Danville man sentenced 23 ½ years for trafficking

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky announced on Monday that a Boyle County man has been sentenced to 23 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in fentanyl.

In his plea agreement, Lamar M. Ford, 42, admitted that on Sept. 20, 2018, he trafficked 15 grams of fentanyl, from his home in Danville. He further admitted that law enforcement seized an additional 56.7 grams of fentanyl from his home and vehicle.

Ford pleaded guilty to the charge in March of this year. He has seven prior felony convictions, including two prior drug trafficking conviction, which qualified Ford as a “career offender” under federal law.

Under federal law, Ford must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for 8 years, following his release.

Meanwhile, a federal jury in Lexington found Richard C. Duerson and Jennifer G. McFarland, both of Richmond, guilty of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, both were also found guilty of individual counts of possession with intent to distribute the drugs.

According to the evidence presented at their trial, on March 2, 2019, Richmond Police executed a search warrant on Duerson’s apartment. During the search, officers found quantities of cocaine and over 50 grams of methamphetamine, including 661 pills containing meth, as well as approximately $10,000 in cash wrapped in a sock in the bedroom closet.

After Duerson’s arrest, officers investigated several recorded phone calls he made to McFarland from the Madison County Detention Center, discussing the removal of various items from his apartment. On March 8, officers obtained a search warrant, for her Richmond home. During this search, officers found around 303 grams of meth, 679 grams of cocaine, several firearms, and multiple items used for mixing and preparing narcotics for sale.

On the conspiracy conviction, Duerson faces 15 years to life in prison, while McFarland faces a sentence of 10 years to life. Duerson also faces 5 to 40 years for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and up to 20 years in prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. McFarland faces 5 to 40 years in prison for each conviction for possession with the intent to distribute. The sentence will be imposed after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and any applicable federal sentencing statutes.

The two are scheduled for sentencing in March.

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