Kentucky: Jevan Sheppard Sentenced for Distributing U-4

Marshall County Man, Jevan Sheppard Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Importing and Distributing U-477oo

PADUCAH, KY (STL.News) A Marshall County, Kentucky man was sentenced on October 13, 2021, to 8 years in federal prison for Importing and Distributing U-47700, commonly known as “U-4” or “Pink,” a Schedule I controlled substance.

According to court documents, Jevan Sheppard, 29, of Marshall County, Kentucky, admitted to conspiring with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute U-4, a Schedule I controlled substance over the period from November 14, 2016, to March 22, 2017.  Further, Sheppard admitted to distributing U-4 on or about March 13 and 14, 2017, and to possessing U-4 with the intent to distribute on or about March 22, 2017.  Sheppard also admitted to importing U-4 into the United States from China during the period from November 14, 2016, until March 22, 2017.

“I commend the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the Assistant United States Attorneys who worked tirelessly to ensure the successful prosecution of Mr. Sheppard,” stated Acting United States Attorney Michael A. Bennett.  “Individuals who traffic drugs in the Western District take notice.  No matter the type or source of the poison you trade in, you will be identified, prosecuted, and sent to prison.”

“Mr. Sheppard, and others like him who damage our communities by selling illicit drugs, deserve to be put away,” said Special Agent in Charge Todd Scott, who heads the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Louisville Division.  “I’m very proud of the work done by DEA and our law enforcement partners to ensure he feels the full weight of the justice system.”

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Calvert City Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Paducah Police Department, and United States Customs and Border Protection all investigated the case, with assistance from the Marshall County Attorney’s Office and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Marshall County.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Seth A. Hancock and Raymond McGee prosecuted the case with assistance from Assistant U.S Attorneys Nicole Elver and Amy Sullivan.