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Drug Couriers Who Traveled Through CVG Airport Convicted in Covington

A Cincinnati man was convicted in a federal courtroom in Covington on Wednesday for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine.

Trontez Mahaffey, 23, was found guilty by a federal jury after a three-day trial and one hour of deliberation.

He was accused of transporting the drugs in his luggage from Phoenix to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in September of 2017. Prosecutors said that Mahaffey and others intended to distribute 80 pounds of marijuana and four pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Testimony at trial revealed that Mahaffey and Tyra Nelson, 21, were drug couriers for a drug organization with connections in Evansville and Phoenix. They had made approximately five trips through CVG Airport transporting drugs.

Nelson pleaded guilty prior to trial.

Mahaffey will be sentenced in March and Nelson will be sentenced in April. Each faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in prison because of the quantity of meth involved.

-Staff report