Lexington man sentenced to 5-years for trafficking drugs


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police say a Lexington man was sentenced to 5-years in federal prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

Mount Sterling Police say 29-year-old Aaron A. Evans admitted to trafficking more than 10 grams of acetylfentanyl in 2019.

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Investigators say they found that Evans was distributing the powerful opioid in large quantities to Montgomery County and surrounding areas.

The sentencing comes on the heels of a bill that passed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

The legislation allows all types of fentanyl-like substances to continue being designated as Schedule 1 narcotics.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it is a drug that has been a source of major concern in Kentucky.

“There is a lot more work to do. Fentanyl and these analogues are a plague. They kill more Kentuckians than any other illegal drug – nearly 800 overdose deaths in 2018 alone, just in our state. And the problem is nationwide.”