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Woman charged here with smuggling large amount of meth faces federal time

A Floyd County woman accused of smuggling a kilogram of methamphetamine into Letcher County from Atlanta, Ga., will be sentenced in March on federal conspiracy charges.

Amy Jo King, 39, of 22054 Ky. Rt. 122, Bypro, Ky., pleaded guilty December 16 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to conspiring with Gregory Phillip Chaffins, Christopher Azzel Moore and unnamed others to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamines in Floyd, Knott and Letcher counties.

She also pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in Letcher County with the intent to distribute.

The remaining charges against her, dealing with possession of a firearm, are to be dismissed at sentencing.

She was sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court to 365 days in jail for use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and all other state charges have been dismissed.

King was sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court on December 19 after pleading guilty to use or possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity to use or possession of drug paraphernalia, amended down from use or possession of drug paraphernalia with a firearm enhancement. Those charges stem from electronic digital scales, syringes with needles and small plastic bags “commonly used to traffic in controlled substances” that Kentucky State Police say they found in her car when they stopped it at Pound Gap on November 7, 2018. She pleaded guilty October 29, and has been in jail since her arrest, meaning she has now served all of her sentence.

All other state charges were dismissed, including first-degree complicity to traffic in a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon enhanced by being a first-degree persistent felony offender; being a first-degree persistent felony offender; first-degree trafficking in heroin, second offense; first-degree promoting contraband; and another charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

King’s sealed federal indictment has now been opened to the public.

Chaffins and Moore pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. Firearms charges and more serious drug charges will be dismissed.

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