NEW YORK MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO DRUG CHARGE IN U.S. DISTRICT COURT
David L. Huber, United States Attorney for the Western
District of Kentucky, announced October 17, 2005 that Craig David Branch,
age 35, of Syracuse, New York, pled guilty to possession with intent to
The maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000
fine, and supervised release for a period of no less than 4 years.
Branch faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.
Branch admitted that on March 5, 2003, in Oldham County, Kentucky, he
knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute
approximately 998 grams of cocaine. The approximate street value of
the cocaine Branch possessed ranged from $79,840 to $99,800. The
cocaine was discovered by Oldham County Police after Branch had been stopped
for traffic violations.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amy M. Sullivan
and was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Oldham
County Police Department.
The plea was entered before John G. Heyburn, Chief Judge, United State
District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.
Branch is scheduled to be sentenced before Chief Judge John G. Heyburn on
January 9, 2006 at 12:00 PM in Louisville, Kentucky.