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Convicted felon sentenced for drug possession, distribution

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Charges include being a felon in possession of seven firearms and ammunition

 BOWLING GREEN – A convicted felon, living in Logan County, Kentucky, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers, in United States District Court, to 87 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, announced United States Russell M. Coleman.

Sherman Matthew Watkins, 41, who was residing in Russellville at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2017, to one count of  possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine a Schedule II controlled substance and two counts of being a felon in possession of seven firearms and ammunition. Watkins remains in federal custody.

Watkins was arrested in Logan County on December 6, 2016, and at that time was in possession of $1,132 in U.S. currency, 41.86 grams of methamphetamine, a Norinco, model SKS, 7.62x39 semiautomatic rifle; a Smith and Wesson, model 37 Airweight, .38 caliber revolver; a Smith and Wesson, model 10-8, .38 caliber revolver; and assorted rounds of ammunition. Further, between November 1, 2016 and November 25, 2016, Watkins was in possession of a Glock, model 42, .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol; a Ruger, model 10/22, .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle; a Mossberg, model 590, 12 gauge semiautomatic shotgun; a Just Right Carbines, model JR Carbine, 9mm semiautomatic rifle; and assorted rounds of ammunition.

Watkins has two previous convictions Jefferson County Circuit Court including Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree on May 8, 2014, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree, on May 26, 2011.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).