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Northern Kentucky Heroin Dealers Sentenced in Federal Court

A man and a woman will be headed to federal prison after being sentenced this week.

William Lovelace, 25, and Tonia Cross, both of Covington, pleaded guilty to charges related to dealing heroin in January.

They were busted in Bellevue when Lovelace attempted to sell heroin while armed with a handgun.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Lovelace to 7 years and Cross to 2 years, and each will have to serve at least 85% of those sentenced before being released. 

Both admitted to conspiring to sell heroin in Kenton and Campbell Counties on multiple occasions, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office. They were arrested last August in Bellevue.

Bellevue Police and the FBI worked together in the investigation.

When released, Lovelace will be on supervised release for 10 years while Cross will be supervised for 3. Lovelace's charges included conspiracy and possessing a handgun for the furtherance of a drug crime, while Cross faced a conspiracy charge.

-Staff report

Photo: William Lovelace (via Campbell Co. Detention Center)