March 07, 2017
Contact: Brian McNeal
Phone Number: (571) 362-1498
Two Kentucky Fentanyl Traffickers Sentenced
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Two Richmond, Kentucky residents have been sentenced for conspiring to distribute large quantities of fentanyl.
U.S. Senior District Court Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced Travis B. Preston, to 11 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Tiffany L. Griffith was sentenced to five years in federal prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Following the completion of their sentences, Preston and Griffith will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for eight years and four years, respectively.
Preston and Griffith admitted to possessing approximately 121 grams of fentanyl for distribution. The fentanyl was discovered in Griffith’s purse during a traffic stop that occurred on April 5, 2016, in Lancaster, Kentucky. The defendants pled guilty to the charges in December 2016.
Timothy J. Plancon, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division; Carlton S. Shier IV, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Richard W. Sanders, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police; and Mike Coyle, Madison County Sheriff jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kentucky State Police. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.