The drug crisis in Kentucky continues to be a devastating problem as the citizens of the state continue to succumb to overdoses and the flow of drugs into the state does not appear to be diminishing. A recent case in Lexington saw a man convicted and sentenced for having conspired to distribute fentanyl and cocaine and also for money laundering. What must not be forgotten is that anyone facing charges is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law, and every accused person has a right to a criminal defense.

A man from Lexington was convicted on conspiracy to distribute drugs. He reportedly admitted to being responsible for bringing large quantities of illegal drugs to Kentucky from the southwestern part of the United States. He allegedly admitted to working with others to make this happen. The drugs brought in included cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. In addition to the drugs, a large amount of cash was reportedly seized, which led to charges of money laundering.

The suspect was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison. According to federal law, he must serve 85 percent of the sentence. Following his release, he will be subject to 10 years of probation.

While the battle to stem the flow of drugs, including fentanyl, is a noble one, the law must not lose sight of a person’s Constitutional rights in the process. A person who is faced with drug charges in Kentucky may not be fully versed in his or her Constitutional rights. In such a situation, a person may make statements that are not in his or her best interest. An experienced criminal law attorney can inform a client of all of his or her rights under the law and make sure that the client is aware of all legal options.