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Prostitutes' Tip Leads to Arrest, 11.5-Year Sentence for Meth Dealer

An Ohio man was sentenced to more than eleven and a half years in prison in U.S. District Court in Covington this week.

John Lee McCloud, 29, received a sentence of 140 months in federal prison from U.S. District Judge David Bunning.

McCloud was arrested in February of last year after attempting to deliver methamphetamine to the Days Inn in Florence.

The investigation into McCloud began after Florence Police officers showed up to bust a pair of prostitutes who allegedly offered sex in exchange for money to undercover investigators at a hotel on Houston Road. When an officer noticed meth in one of the women's purse, the officer inquired further.

The dealer who sold the drugs to the women was identified and agreed to help police find his supplier.

A purchase of $2,500 worth of meth was set up, and McCloud was arrested when he showed up to complete the transaction.

Under federal law, McCloud must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Robert M. Duncan, Jr., as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Florence Police Department. 

-Staff report

Photo: John Lee McCloud (via Boone Co. Detention Center)