LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police say a Lexington man was sentenced to 5-years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.
Mount Sterling Police say 29-year-old Aaron A. Evans admitted to trafficking more than 10 grams of acetylfentanyl in 2019.
Investigators say they found that Evans was distributing the powerful opioid in large quantities to Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
The sentencing comes on the heels of a bill that passed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.
The legislation allows all types of fentanyl-like substances to continue being designated as Schedule 1 narcotics.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it is a drug that has been a source of major concern in Kentucky.
“There is a lot more work to do. Fentanyl and these analogues are a plague. They kill more Kentuckians than any other illegal drug – nearly 800 overdose deaths in 2018 alone, just in our state. And the problem is nationwide.”