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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Kentucky
Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 9, 2023

Christian County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Narcotics Trafficking and Weapons Charges

Paducah, KY – A Christian County man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison, followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for distributing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of felony offenses.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Maynard of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

According to court documents, David Phillips, 43, distributed methamphetamine on three occasions between June 7, 2021, and July 1, 2021. On July 7, 2021, a search warrant was executed at his residence. Phillips was found to be in possession of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, a large amount of U.S. currency and a firearm. Phillips has prior felony convictions for third degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

“I appreciate the excellent work in this case by ATF Bowling Green, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and AUSA Dycus,” stated U.S. Attorney Bennett. “As a result of the commitment that exists between our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, the defendant, a previously convicted drug trafficker, will spend the next decade in federal prison unable to sell his poison and harm our citizens.”

“It is ATF’s core commitment to protect the public from offenders like David Phillips, whose continued armed drug trafficking places the community at risk,” said ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Maynard of the Louisville Field Division. “I want to extend my gratitude to ATF’s Bowling Green Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for this thorough investigation. This case is another great example of the collaborative work to continue to identify, arrest and convict the armed drug traffickers that are plaguing our communities and destroying our families.”

This case was investigated by the ATF Bowling Green Field Office and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.   

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leigh Ann Dycus, of the U.S. Attorney’s Paducah Branch Office, prosecuted the case.


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