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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Zachary Charles Underwood, one of seven defendants charged in a methamphetamine drug ring operating in Hardin County, Kentucky was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
The announcement came Friday from David J. Hale, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Underwood, age 32 of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to seven counts of a federal grand jury indictment on June 4, 2012. The indictment charged that Underwood conspired with other named defendants to possess and distribute methamphetamine in the Hardin County area between March 30, 2011 and July 25, 2011.
In addition to Underwood, four other defendants previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced by Chief Judge McKinley as follows: Daniel Lee George, Jr., age 46 of Louisville, Kentucky, sentenced on September 7, 2012 to 87 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release; David Lee Brown, age 30 of Louisville, Kentucky sentenced on September 7, 2012 to 100 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release; and John Thomas Dougherty, age 23 of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and Jennifer Erin Latham, age 24 of Glendale, Kentucky each sentenced to serve a 36 month term of probation.
Defendant Christopher Scott Brady, age 32 of Brandenburg, Kentucky pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is scheduled for sentencing on December 12, 2012. Defendant Kosi Hugo Agama, of Louisville, Kentucky has yet to appear in Court and is considered a fugitive.
According to Underwood's plea agreement, he acquired methamphetamine from other defendants, including Kosi Hugo Agama and David Brown, and distributed it in smaller amounts to buyers either directly or through others to include John Daugherty and Jennifer Latham. The plea agreement further states that Underwood met Agama through Daniel George who would act as a middleman between Underwood and Agama during methamphetamine transactions.
In the plea agreement, Underwood also admitted to conspiring with Christopher Brady to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The agreement between Underwood and Brady called for each to provide money for the purchase of over 50 grams of methamphetamine which they intended to sell.
The Hardin County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) utilized a confidential source to purchase methamphetamine from Underwood. Most of the transactions took place at Underwood's home in Hardin County.