Lexington man sentenced to 5-years for trafficking drugs

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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.

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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.”

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.