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E'town man sentenced for role in drug ring

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Zachary Charles Underwood, one of seven defendants charged in a methamphetamine drug ring operating in Hardin County, recently was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Underwood, 32, of Elizabethtown pleaded guilty to seven counts of a federal grand jury indictment on June 4. The indictment charged 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 in September by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr.: Daniel Lee George Jr., 46, of Louisville, sentenced to 87 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release; David Lee Brown, 30, of Louisville, sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release; and John Thomas Dougherty, 23, of Elizabethtown and Jennifer Erin Latham, 24, of Glendale each sentenced to serve a 36-month term of probation.

Defendant Christopher Scott Brady, 32, of Brandenburg pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 12. Kosi Hugo Agama, of Louisville 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 Daugherty and Latham.

The plea agreement further states 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 Brady to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The agreement between Underwood and Brady called for each to provide money for the purchase of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine which they intended to sell.

The Hardin County Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration utilized a confidential source to purchase methamphetamine from Underwood. Most of the transactions took place at Underwood’s home in Hardin County.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Bonar and is being investigated by the Hardin County Narcotics Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.