News Release
February 13, 2008

Princeton Pharmacist Sentenced to 3 Years for
Dealing Prescription Drugs

– Pays over $156,000 in lieu of forfeiture, and over $1,000 to reimburse
law enforcement for amounts paid in undercover buys

FEB 13 --PADUCAH, KY – Kent W. Reed, age 66, of 12551 S. Jefferson Street, Princeton, Kentucky, in Webster County, was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment in United States District Court, Paducah, Kentucky, for distributing controlled substances without any prescription, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.  Thomas B. Russell, Judge, United States District Court, also sentenced Reed to 3 years supervised release following incarceration.  There is no parole in the federal judicial system.  In addition, restitution in the amount of $1,025, payable to the Pennyrile Drug Task Force (the amount paid to Reed during undercover buys), was imposed.

Reed admitted that on eight different occasions between January 29, 2007, and April 25, 2007, he sold or gave controlled substances to confidential informants, without any prescription, including oxycontin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, dilaudid, alpralozam, and lortab.  One of the drug deals occurred in Reed’s residence in Princeton, and another occurred in Reed’s lake home in Dawson Springs.  Accordingly, the United States moved to forfeit both houses, and as a condition of Reed’s plea agreement, he paid over $156,000 to the United States in lieu of forfeiture.  Reed also admitted that he paid a government witness to provide a false statement to his attorneys in an attempt to undermine the credibility of another government witness. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser, and was investigated by the Pennyrile Drug Task Force and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.