Covington man gets 24 years in prison for drug charges

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A Covington man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Tuesday for drug trafficking.

Marco Rhodes, 28, admitted that he sold more than 23 grams of crack cocaine in Kenton County on four occasions in December of 2008 and January of 2009.

Rhodes also possessed another 10 grams of crack cocaine and a loaded firearm in a borrowed car when he was arrested pursuant to an indictment on May 15, 2009. Rhodes admitted that he intended to sell the additional crack cocaine and that he had been a gang member for approximately 10 years.

Rhodes has prior felony convictions for possessing cocaine, selling cocaine, shooting two women and failure to pay child support. Rhodes committed the prior drug trafficking and assault offenses while on probation for drug possession and committed the current federal offenses while on parole. He was classified as a career offender under federal sentencing guidelines.

Under federal law, Rhodes will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before release. He will also be subject to eight years of supervised release.

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