December 05, 2016
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Two Kentucky Residents Guilty In Conspiracy Involving Distribution Of Deadly Opioid - Fentanyl
Travis Preston and Tiffany Griffith admit to possessing over 120 grams of fentanyl
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Travis B. Preston, 28, and Tiffany L. Griffith, 25, both residents of Stanford, Kentucky, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl. Preston admitted to conspiring to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Griffith admitted to aiding and abetting the distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
In the course of their guilty pleas, Preston and Griffith admitted possessing approximately 121 grams of fentanyl. The fentanyl was discovered in Griffith’s purse during a traffic stop that occurred on April 5, 2016, in Lancaster, Kentucky. As little as two milligrams of Fentanyl can be lethal.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’(DEA) Detroit Division; Richard W. Sanders, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police; and Tim Davis, Garrard County Sheriff, jointly made the announcement.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, the Kentucky State Police, and the Garrard County Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.
Preston and Griffith are currently scheduled to appear for sentencing before United States Senior District Judge Joseph M. Hood on March 6, 2016. Because of a prior felony drug conviction, Preston faces a minimum sentence of imprisonment of 10 years, and maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Griffith faces a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than five years and not more than 40 years imprisonment.