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Federal marshals arrest Letcher man in old case

U.S. Marshals have arrested a Letcher County man on a sealed warrant related to a seven-year-old drug case.

Curtis Venters, 46, was arrested on the night of May 23 and appeared the next morning in U.S. District Court in London for violation of the conditions of release in a 2012 drug trafficking case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram ordered Venters pending another hearing that was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today (Wednesday).

Venters was released from prison in January 2018 after serving 44 months of a 70-month sentence for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Venters pleaded guilty to one charge in 2013, and began serving his prison sentence in April 2014.

According to an order issued last week by a judge and unsealed when Venters was arrested, he is accused of failure to report to a probation office as directed, failure to report contact with law enforcement, use and possession of methamphetamine, and violation of federal law. The warrant itself is still sealed by the court, as are several other documents related to Venters’s 2012 drug charges, and the charges of his codefendants.

Venters was charged in 2012 with 11 other people from Letcher County. The indictments in that case are restricted and unavailable on the court’s web site.

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