Estill County, Kentucky Woman Sentenced to 165 Months for Methamphetamine Trafficking

LEXINGTON, KY – The U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky is reporting that an Irvine, Ky., woman, Ladonna Susan Riddell, 36, was sentenced on Monday, to 165 months in federal prison, by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell, for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to her plea agreement, on July 29, 2022, law enforcement responded to report of a suspected drug transaction.  During the investigation, law enforcement located Riddell, discovered she had an active arrest warrant, and took her into custody.  A search of her vehicle uncovered 163.32 grams of methamphetamine, which Riddell admitted she intended to distribute.

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

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Erek Davodowich, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Louisville Field Division; and Sheriff Chris Flynn, Estill County Sheriff’s Office, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA and Estill County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ron Walker and Brittany Baker are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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