Harlan County Man Sentenced to 178 Months for Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release

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

LONDON, Ky. – A Cawood, Ky., man, Bethel Stewart, 61, was sentenced on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Robert Wier, to 178 months in prison, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.   

According to his plea agreement, following community complaints of drug trafficking at Stewart’s residence, and a tip that he was in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine, law enforcement began surveillance and observed traffic at the residence that was consistent with drug trafficking.  Then, on January 19, 2022, law enforcement searched Stewart’s home, discovering approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine, which Stewart intended to distribute.

Under federal law, Stewart must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release from prison, he 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 Jason Parman is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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