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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Kentucky
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Fayette County Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Armed Drug Trafficking and Illegal Possession of a Firearm

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Lexington man, Quincy Marquice Taylor, 37, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison on Monday, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to evidence at trial, on October 27, 2021, Taylor was involved in a single-vehicle collision on southbound I-75. After exiting his vehicle, Taylor attempted to provide a bystander with a bag containing 45 grams of cocaine and a firearm. After the bystander declined, Taylor hid the bag near brush along the exit ramp. Taylor then left the scene by hitchhiking with a second bystander to Richmond, Ky.

Taylor had multiple prior convictions for felony drug trafficking. As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Additionally, based on his significant prior criminal history, Taylor qualified as an Armed Career Criminal, which enhanced his sentence.

Taylor was convicted by a jury of these offenses in May 2023.

Under federal law, Taylor must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence; and upon his release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, Louisville Field Division; Chief Lawrence Weathers, Lexington Police Department; and Chief Rodney Richardson, Richmond Police Department, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by ATF and the Lexington Police Department with assistance from the Richmond Police Department. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco Villalobos.

This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Attorney Shier coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


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