Man sentenced to 78 months on weapons, drug charges

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Ryan Keith Herndon/Mt. Sterling Police Department

MT. Sterling, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Jeffersonville man is sentenced to 78 months in prison on federal charges of illegally selling guns and drugs last year.

According to federal prosecutors, 30-year-old Ryan Keith Herndon was sentenced for selling a firearm to a convicted felon, possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and distributing a mixture of heroin, valeryl fentanyl, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

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The Mt. Sterling Police Department played a key role in the investigation that resulted in Herndon’s arrest.

According to his plea agreement, Herndon admitted that on May 9 and 10, 2019, he sold two firearms to an informant (CI), who Herndon knew to be a convicted felon. Herndon also admitted he was also a convicted felon and prohibited from owning a firearm.

Finally, Herndon also admitted to arranging the purchase of and providing various narcotics mixtures to another CI, on May 21 and 22, 2019.

Under federal law, Herndon must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years, upon his release.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division, and Chief Terry Landrum, Mt. Sterling Police Department, jointly made the announcement.

The investigation was directed by ATF, with the assistance of the Gateway Area AHIDTA Task Force. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco Villalobos.

If you know of anyone trafficking in any of these dangerous substances , you can contact the Mount Sterling Police Department and ask to speak with a Detective. All information provided will remain absolutely confidential. If you would like to submit a tip to the Task Force, contact 859-498-8899. The administrative staff will put you in contact with a Task Force Officer. Thank you! #ahidtagatewayareadrugtaskforce.