News Release
Date: June 08, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Louisville Drug Dealer Sentenced for Assaulting a Federal Agent and Attempting to Buy Two Kilograms of Cocaine
- Two-time felon caught with $22,820 cash in attempted buy

JUN 08-- LOUISVILLE, KY - Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that George Breed, age 36, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced on June 5, 2009, to 11 years and 8 months in prison for attempting to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, and for assaulting a federal officer. United States District Judge John G. Heyburn, also sentenced Breed to 4 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.

On August 14, 2008, Breed pled guilty to attempting to possess 500 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to distribute it, and also pled guilty to assaulting a federal officer. Breed admitted that on June 20, 2007, his co-defendant Shawon Hickman ("Hickman") contacted a man and arranged to purchase 2 kilograms of cocaine. At the time and place of the attempted cocaine deal, law enforcement agents moved in to arrest Hickman and Breed. When Breed saw the law enforcement agents moving in, he drove away in his pickup truck at a high rate of speed, striking the vehicle of an ATF Special Agent who was attempting to block Breed’s truck. Once Breed's vehicle was stopped, Breed attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. Hickman was arrested in the vehicle, where $22,820.00 in cash was discovered. The plea agreement also demands forfeiture of the $22,820 in cash found in Breed’s truck.

Breed’s co-defendant, Shawon Hickman, pled guilty on August 1, 2008, and was sentenced on November 3, 2008 to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas W. Dyke, and was investigated by the U.S. 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.