Lexington man sentenced for drug trafficking and money laundering

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man was sentenced to more than 24 years for drug trafficking and money laundering.

The United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District Kentucky says 46-year-old Ansar I. McIver, of Lexington, was sentenced last week for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin, and money laundering.

McIver was also ordered to pay a fine and to forfeit more than $586,000 in cash.

Prosecutors say McIver previously admitted that, in early January 2017, he engaged in an agreement with others to obtain large quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.

Shipments of these controlled substances were made by passenger vehicle, with the substances concealed in various compartments within the vehicles, and were transported into Lexington.

Proceeds from the distribution of the drugs were then returned to the southwest.

Prosecutors say on June 12, 2017, a search warrant was executed at McIver’s home, where law enforcement agents seized cocaine, approximately 786 grams of fentanyl, heroin, and a combined quantity of drugs, as well as approximately $586,369 in drug proceeds.

At that time, it was the largest seizure of fentanyl in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Under federal law, McIver must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.

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