News Release
Date: November 21, 2008
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Two Louisville Cocaine Dealers Plead Guilty In Eight Kilo Conspiracy
- DEA seizes $182,000 from men attempting to buy cocaine

NOV 21 -- (Louisville, KY) - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Steven Lee Fowler Jr., of Louisville, Kentucky, and Paul Eugene Smith, of Louisville, Kentucky, entered guilty pleas on November 17, 2008, to conspiracy to attempt to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

As part of the plea agreement both defendants, Smith and Fowler admitted that on June 12, 2008, they intended to purchase eight kilograms of cocaine for $21,500.00 per kilogram from two co-defendants, Jose Alfaro Mendez and Ciricao Carranco Lucio. When the defendants arrived at a predetermined location to exchange the money for the cocaine the four men were all arrested by Special Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Special Agents recovered in excess of $182,000.00 from Smith and Fowler. During the plea both Smith and Fowler admitted that they had previously purchased kilogram quantities of cocaine from co-defendant, Mendez.

Smith and Fowler each face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, and supervised release for a period of 8 years. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and it was investigated by the DEA.

Smith and Fowler are scheduled for sentencing on March 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. before United States District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman, in Louisville, Kentucky. The remaining defendants, Mendez and Lucio, are scheduled for trial on January 20, 2009, before Judge Coffman.

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