Knott man facing coke charges
by Sheldon Compton
PIKEVILLE A Knott County man was indicted in federal court this week on charges of distributing and conspiring to distribute cocaine between November 2009 and May 2010.
Estill Perkins Jr, also known as Juno Perkins, was indicted June 2 and arrested the same day on charges he distributed at least 500 grams of cocaine in Knott County. In the five-count indictment, federal officials say Perkins sold cocaine once in November, twice in December and once in May between 2009 and 2010.
Prosecutors also included a forfeiture count against Perkins, seeking to seize his home along Troublesome in Knott County. Authorities said the Knott County man used the land in making the alleged transactions.
The indictment does not stipulate if these are Perkins first offenses, an important factor in relation to federal sentencing guidlines.
If convicted, Perkins could face up to 40 years in prison and fined as much as $5 million if his charges are first offenses. In the event he has previous offenses, Perkins could be sentenced to life in prison and up to $8 million in fines.
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