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September 27, 2013
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Kentucky Man Sentenced in Heroin Distribution Case

SEP 27 (COVINGTON, Ky.) – A Newport, Ky., man, who previously admitted to selling heroin in northern Kentucky on multiple occasions, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. 

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced 34-year-old Phillip Pridgen to 10 years in prison, and placed him on supervised release for 20 years after he completes his prison term.  Pridgen was also required to forfeit more than $1,600 in currency, which was seized from him at the time of his arrest. 

Pridgen previously admitted to distributing heroin on four occasions in November and December of 2012.  Pridgen was previously convicted of participating in a home invasion robbery in 1999 and trafficking in marijuana in 2010.   

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), jointly announced the sentence. 

Pridgen entered his guilty plea on June 19, 2013. 

The investigation was conducted by the DEA and the Florence Police Department.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke. 


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