Boyd County Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Fentanyl Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release

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

ASHLAND, Ky. – An Ashland, man, Christopher Prince, 43, was sentenced on Monday, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to 205 months for distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In May 2023, law enforcement officers with ATF, DEA, and the Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force, received information regarding the drug distribution activities of Christopher Prince.  During the ensuing investigation, law enforcement seized approximately 250 grams of crystal methamphetamine (actual methamphetamine), 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 grams of fentanyl and 2 firearms.  Prince admitted that he possessed the firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activity.

Under federal law, Prince must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon Prince’s 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, Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; Erek Davodowich, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Louisville Field Division; and Director Scott Hardcorn, Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by ATF, DEA, and the Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Rieker prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities.  It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts.  In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Shier coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

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