News Release
Date: January 22, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Arizona Man and California Man Indicted for Conspiring to Distribute Over 220 Pounds of Marijuana in Kentucky

JAN 22 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that on January 21, 2009, a federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment against Damon Sheppard, age 37, of 6802 N. 17th Avenue, #12, Phoenix, Arizona, and Arthur Nevarez, age 47, of 9207 Wheeler Court, #C, Fontana California, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

The Indictment alleges that between December 30, 2008, and December 31, 2008, Sheppard and Nevarez in Jefferson County, Kentucky, conspired with each other and with others to possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are forty years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for life. The minimum potential penalties are five years imprisonment, and supervised release for a period of four years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Sheppard and Nevarez are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on February 17, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.