Whitesburg KY

Man sentenced to 140 months in federal case



A Millstone man arrested in March on federal firearms and drug charges was sentenced to 140 months in prison.

Charles “Bud” Perry Jr., 56, pleaded guilty in June to distributing cocaine and possession of an illegal firearm and was sentenced earlier this month.

According to the 21-page criminal complaint filed at the time of his arrest, Perry on multiple occasions sold drugs and firearms to a confi- dential informant who used covert video and audio recording devices to verify what had happened. The incidents alleged in the complaint took place between December 17, 2018, and January 23, 2019.

According to the complaint, Perry had been convicted or pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges in both federal and state court three times before, in 1998, 2005, and 2008. The first two cases were in federal court.

The complaint says the investigation began after an informant told a Kentucky State Police detective that he or she had bought a motorcycle, and Perry had shown the informant cocaine and offered to sell it. At the time, the complaint says, Perry was carrying a pistol in a holster on his hip.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and state police used the informant to buy cocaine from Perry on December 12, after which the informant asked about the availability of a “throw away” gun, the complaint says.

Over the course of the next month, the complaint says, Perry sold the informant more than 12 grams of cocaine and continued to sell the person substances suspected to be cocaine and methamphetamine through most of February.

The complaint says at least four guns changed hands during the controlled buys, with Perry selling the informant a 9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver, a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle, and a 9mm Colt AR-15 carbine.

Under federal law, Perry must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Tommy Estevan, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Louisville Field Division; and Commissioner Richard Saunders, Kentucky State Police, jointly announced the sentence.

The investigation was conducted by ATF and KSP. The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenna Reed.

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