Richard Duerson, 39, and Jennifer McFarland, 43, both of Richmond, were found guilty of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine by a federal jury on Nov. 27.

Man, woman found guilty in federal court on drug trafficking charges

Richard Duerson

They also were both found guilty of individual counts of possession with intent to distribute the drugs, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Kentucky.

Duerson was arrested in the early morning hours of March 3 after the Richmond Police Department received a complaint he had held someone against their will at his home and had beaten them, according to a previous Register article. Officers spoke with the victim about the incident before obtaining a search warrant for the home.

Man, woman found guilty in federal court on drug trafficking charges

Jennifer McFarland

They then went to the home on Kristin Drive and found quantities of cocaine and over 50 grams of methamphetamine, including 661 pills containing methamphetamine, as well as about $10,000 in cash wrapped in a sock in the bedroom closet, the news release states. Evidence of that was presented at the trial.

Duerson was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and was preliminarily charged with second-degree assault, kidnapping an adult, first-degree controlled substance trafficking (2 grams or more of methamphetamine), first-degree controlled substance trafficking (10 dosage units or more, drug unspecified), two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence and third-degree terroristic threatening.

While he was in jail, Richmond officers investigated several recorded phone calls between him and McFarland, the news release states. During the calls, the two discussed the removal of various items from his apartment, and on March 8, police obtained a search warrant for McFarland's home on Jason Drive.

During that search, police found about 303 grams of methamphetamine, 679 grams of cocaine, several firearms and multiple items used for mixing and preparing narcotics for sale, the news release states.

Duerson and McFarland are scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, the release continues. On the conspiracy conviction, Duerson faces a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, while McFarland faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Duerson also faces 5 to 40 years for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and up to 20 years in prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. McFarland faces 5 to 40 years in prison for each conviction for possession with the intent to distribute.

The sentences will be imposed by the court after its consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and any applicable federal sentencing statutes, the release states.

Duerson's other charges are still pending in state court and are being handled by the Madison Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Daniel Dodds, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA, and James Ebert, Chief of Police, Richmond Police Department, jointly made this announcement. At trial, the United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Francisco Villalobos II.

Reach Sara Kuhl at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @saraekuhl.

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