Louisville Woman Sentenced to 10 Years for Trafficking a Fentanyl Analogue

For Immediate Release

U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky

COVINGTON, Ky. – A Louisville woman, Autumn Leslie Childress 42, was sentenced on Friday, to 10 years in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for possession of 100 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue with intent to distribute.

According to her plea agreement, law enforcement received information that Childress would be transporting controlled substances from South Carolina to Louisville, and then to Cincinnati to distribute.  On November 16, 2022, law enforcement stopped Childress in Boone County and located over a kilogram of a fentanyl analogue divided into multiple packages prepared for distribution.  A subsequent search of her residence uncovered additional drugs and drug trafficking paraphernalia.  In all, she possessed more than 1.5 kilograms of illegal drugs.

Under federal law, Childress must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence.  Upon her release from prison, she will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; and J. Todd Scott, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Louisville Field Division; jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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