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Louisville, Kentucky Woman Sentenced for Armed Methamphetamine Trafficking

COVINGTON, KY – The U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky reports that a Louisville, Ky., woman, Katharine Richardson, 36, was sentenced, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to 126 months in prison, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to court proceedings, on August 26, 2023, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Richardson was the front seat passenger.  Law enforcement searched the vehicle and found a backpack containing methamphetamine, a digital scale with drug residue, plastic baggies, two stolen firearms and ammunition.  An additional firearm was found in the vehicle’s trunk, and $2,526.17 was found on Richardson.  She admitted to possessing the firearms and that she possessed one or more of the firearms in furtherance of distributing the methamphetamine.

Under federal law, Richardson must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence.  Upon her release from prison, she 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; Orville O. Greene, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Detroit Field Division; and Sheriff Robert “Bud” Webster, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department jointly announced the sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA and Gallatin Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Spievack is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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