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Cocaine Deal in Florence Leads to Discovery of 400 Grams, 18-Year Sentence

A local man was sentenced this week for distributing and possessing cocaine in Boone County.
Richard Crawford, 54, was sentenced to 18 years on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Covington. The sentence was handed down by Judge David Bunning.
Crawford was convicted on the charges in August after a three-day jury trial.
According to evidence presented at trial, as stated in a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office, Crawford sold an ounce of cocaine to a confidential informant working with law enforcement in June of last year in Florence. Two days later, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Crawford's Florence apartment where they found more than 400 grams of cocaine and crack, drug paraphernalia, and cash used by the confidential informant to purchase the cocaine.
Crawford has prior convictions, which qualified him as a "career offender", subjecting him to an increased sentence.
Crawford must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will be on probation for six years following his release.
Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), jointly made the announcement.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force.
The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Wade T. Napier, Jennifer K. Weinhold, and Tony Bracke.
-Staff report
Photo via Boone County Jail