Breathitt County man pleads guilty to armed marijuana trafficking

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 32-year-old Lost Creek, Ky., man, pleaded guilty on Thursday, before U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, to cultivating more than 50 marijuana plants and brandishing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to Kevin Combs’ guilty plea agreement, on July 16, 2020, Kentucky State Police responded to an investigation regarding suspected marijuana plants.

At the location, Combs confronted one of the officers with a stainless-steel, loaded revolver. When the officer told Combs to lower his pistol, he refused, ran away, and hid the pistol, prosecutors said.

The gun was recovered as evidence. Combs admitted to cultivating more than 50 marijuana plants on the property that was part of the investigation, according to the plea agreement.

Combs has several prior state felony convictions, including fleeing and evading law enforcement, escape, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, and trafficking in a controlled substance second degree.

Combs was indicted in October 2020.

The investigation was conducted by ATF and Kentucky State Police. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger West.

Combs is scheduled to be sentenced on January 1, 2022.

He faces a maximum of 20 years on the marijuana charge and not less than seven years on the firearm charge, which must run consecutively to other sentences. However, any sentence will be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.

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