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Heroin Dealer Gets 17 Years in Prison

A man convicted of selling heroin from a home on Philadelphia Street in Covington is headed to prison for seventeen years.

Jonathan White, 33, pleaded guilty in August to three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (first degree), involving heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders recommended a 20-year sentence while White's attorney asked for ten.

Kenton Co. Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan sentenced White to 17 years in prison on Wednesday.

White was arrested in February after an undercover agent from the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force purchased heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl from White. A subsequent search of the residence White was staying in produced items associated with drug trafficking, according to the Commonwealth's Attorney Office. Those items included "buy money", a handgun, and an assault rifle. 

White has a previous felony on his record for drug convictions in Ohio, including trafficking cocaine in Hamilton County for which he served a year in prison.

Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said White's case is alarming but typical of a growing trend since Kentucky softened its laws on drug dealing. "Keep this case in mind whenever you hear someone talk about 'non-violent' drug offenders," said Sanders. "Despite the fact he's a repeat offender armed with an assault rifle, our legislature calls him 'non-violent' but families living on Philadelphia Street probably don't share that opinion."

-Staff report

Photo: Jonathan White via Kenton Co. Detention Center