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Florence man sentenced to life in prison for leading meth distribution ring

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 15:50:52-05

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A federal judge sentenced a Florence man to life in prison Friday for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

James Eapmon, 31, led a conspiracy that was responsible for distributing between 1.5 and 4.4 kilograms of crystal meth between January and October 2016, authorities said in a news release. 

Eapmon has five prior felony convictions, including convictions for burglary and drug trafficking. He will not be eligible for parole, authorities said. 

"The Defendant’s criminal conduct, both past and current, has resulted in a very significant penalty," U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan Jr. said in a news release. "The Defendant’s sentence should serve as a warning to career criminals who sell drugs in our communities – your criminal actions may result in you permanently forfeiting your liberty."

Three other people -- Chance Haley, Matthew Clem and Charles "Bup" Eapmon -- have also been convicted in connection to the case.