News Release
Date: June 24, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Man from Blue Grass State Pleads Guilty to 5 Kilo
Cocaine Conspiracy

- DEA Agents seized kilo of cocaine, three handguns and $85,000 from Louisville man's residence

JUN 24 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Dennis David Rice, age 30, of Louisville, Kentucky, pled guilty on June 22, 2009, to participating in a conspiracy to attempt to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Rice admitted that between February 2008 and September 23, 2008, in the Western District of Kentucky, he and his co-defendant, Anterus Lamont Martin, worked with each other and others, and conspired to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Rice admitted that during that period he was responsible for the distribution of between five and fifteen kilograms of cocaine.

Rice admitted that along with others, he used a residence in Louisville, Kentucky, as a "stash" house to run their drug distribution operation. On September 23, 2008, Special Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recovered 1 kilogram of cocaine; three handguns; over $85,000 cash; and mail packaging materials and drug paraphernalia, from that residence.

In the event of a conviction the maximum potential penalties are life in prison, a $4,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period up to life.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and it was investigated by the DEA. Rice is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Judge Jennifer B. Coffman on September 21, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky. Martin remains scheduled for trial on August 18, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.