News Release
April 7, 2008

Louisville Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charges

APR 7 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - Mark Nathaniel Brewer, age 48, of 47 Highwood Place, Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County, pled guilty to the charges of attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine more than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

Brewer pled guilty and admitted that on August 2, 2007, he attempted to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Confidential Source, at which time he was summarily arrested. Specifically, beginning in July of 2007, the DEA utilized a Confidential Source during their investigation of Brewer in an attempt to sell him a quantity of powder cocaine. During the negotiations, Brewer agreed that if he liked the cocaine, he would be willing to pay $19,000 per kilogram. These telephone calls were recorded by the DEA. During these conversations, Brewer indicated that before he would make any large purchases of cocaine, he wanted to "see" a sample of cocaine to make sure that he was purchasing quality cocaine.

On August 1, 2007, the Confidential Source delivered a kilogram of sham cocaine to Brewer, per his request. Brewer took the sham kilogram from the Confidential Source, believing that it contained cocaine. After making the exchange, DEA agents arrested Brewer. Brewer made post-arrest statements indicating his involvement with this attempted cocaine purchase.

The maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 4 years; and the minimum potential penalties are 5 years imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The plea was entered before Charles R. Simpson, III, Judge, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.

Brewer is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Simpson on June 26, 2008, at 4:30 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.