Lost Creek, Kentucky Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Armed Marijuana Trafficking

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FRANKFORT, KY – A Lost Creek, Ky., man, Kevin Combs, 32, was sentenced to 105 months in federal prison on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, after pleading guilty to cultivating more than 50 marijuana plants and brandishing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. 

According to Combs’ guilty plea agreement, on July 16, 2020, Kentucky State Police responded to an investigation regarding suspected marijuana plants growing in a field.  At the location, Combs confronted one of the officers, pointing a stainless-steel, loaded revolver pistol.  When the officer told Combs to lower his pistol, he refused, ran away, and hid the pistol.  The pistol was subsequently recovered as evidence.  Combs further admitted to cultivating more than 50 marijuana plants on the property.

Combs has several prior state felony convictions, including fleeing and evading law enforcement, escape, trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, and trafficking in a controlled substance second degree.                        

Combs pleaded guilty in September 2021.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; and Colonel Phillip Burnett, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police, announced the sentence.

Under federal law, Combs must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  Upon his release from prison, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years.

The investigation was conducted by the ATF and the Kentucky State Police.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger West.

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