News Release
July 22, 2008
Contact: S/A Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Louisville Drug Dealer Admits Attempting to Buy Two Kilograms of Cocaine and Assaulting a Federal Officer
Two-Time Felon Caught with $22,820 Cash in Attempted Buy

JUL 22 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that George Breed, age 36, of 1734 William E. Summers Street, Louisville, Kentucky, pled guilty on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, to attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it and to assaulting a federal officer. Breed, along with co-defendant Shawon Hickman, were arrested after attempting to purchase two kilograms of cocaine. During his arrest, Breed attempted to flee, and struck the vehicle of a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who was trying to apprehend him.

Breed’s prior criminal history includes a 1998 state conviction for trafficking in cocaine and marijuana as well as a second conviction in 2002 for trafficking in cocaine and marijuana and for being a persistent felony offender.

U.S. Attorney Huber noted the cooperative efforts of six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, saying “together they kept two kilos of cocaine off the streets that Breed would have eventually purchased from someone else and sold for profit.”

The maximum potential penalties are 60 years imprisonment, a $2,250,000 fine, and supervised release for life; and the minimum potential penalties are 5 years imprisonment and supervised release for a period of 4 years. The plea agreements for Hickman and Breed also demand forfeiture of the $22,820.00 in cash found in Breed’s truck.

The approximate street value of the cocaine involved in the offense is $37,000.00.

Breed's co-defendant Shawon Hickman entered a plea of guilty on August 1, 2008. Hickman also admitted that he was present to purchase 2 kilograms of cocaine to later sell at a profit. Hickman is currently awaiting sentencing on November 3, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. before John G. Heyburn, Chief Judge, United States District Court.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas W. Dyke, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) Task Force, which includes officers from a number of different local agencies including the Oldham County Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Louisville Metro Police Department as well as federal agents from DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Breed entered his plea before John G. Heyburn, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 10, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.



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