Pulaski County Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

For Immediate Release

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

LONDON, Ky. – A Bronston, Ky., man, France Allen Helton, 42, was sentenced on Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Robert Wier, to 250 months in prison, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to his plea agreement, on March 29, 2023, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Helton and seized 55.9 grams of a methamphetamine mixture packaged in two separate baggies, along with $2,529 in cash.  Helton admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to others.  Helton has a prior conviction for trafficking in methamphetamine, from the Pulaski Circuit Court in 2019.         

Under federal law, Helton 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 eight years. 

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Michael E. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Louisville Field Office, and Sheriff Bobby Jones, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Pearce Nesbitt prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

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