Lexington man sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money laundering

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Court officials say a man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and money laundering.

Officials say 32-year-old Eric James admitted in January 2017 that he engaged in a conspiracy to obtain large quantities of cocaine. Shipments of these drugs were hidden in cars and brought to Lexington. In May 2017, police stopped a vehicle carrying six kilograms of cocaine. A search warrant was executed at James’ home, where law enforcement found cocaine and $586,369, which were proceeds from the drug distribution.

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James was previously convicted of a drug trafficking felony in Indiana and possession of cocaine in Kentucky. He was on parole at the time of these offenses. He pleaded guilty in September 2018.