Estill Co. man sentenced to 20 years for armed fentanyl trafficking

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Federal officials say a Irvine man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Officials say 40-year-old Kevin Abney was arrested in June 2018 at a business in Berea. They say that during the arrest, Berea Police found 15 grams of fentanyl and two firearms.

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During his guilty plea, Abney admitted to possessing of the fentanyl and firearms.

Officials say Abney has seven prior felony convictions, including four crimes of violence, which qualified him as an Armed Career Criminal.

Under federal law, Abney must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his
release, he will be under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for 5 years.