Federal grand jury charges Cave City man with drug trafficking

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned an indictment Wednesday charging a Barren County man with drug trafficking and illegal possession of firearms.

According to court documents, Eric R. Sturgeon, 40, of Cave City, was found on or about Nov. 12, 2020, in Barren County to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine. Sturgeon is also charged with possessing two handguns on the same date after he had been convicted of a felony, and in furtherance of his drug trafficking.

Sturgeon is also charged with possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine, on or about May 6, 2021, in Warren County, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky. On this same date, Sturgeon is accused of possessing a different handgun after he had been convicted of a felony and possessing the handgun in furtherance of his drug trafficking.

Sturgeon is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.  There is no parole in the federal system. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.