Pair gets jail time for conspiring to distribute heroin

A pair of Covington men were sentenced Thursday for conspiring to distribute heroin in Kenton County.

Rashad Ross, 34, will spend 74 months behind bars and Antwan Wills, 29, will spend 37 months. Both defendants will have to serve at least 85 percent of their prison sentences and will be on supervised release for six years after they are released from prison.

In September of last year, agents with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) discovered approximately 77 grams of heroin in a package that was sent from Mexico and addressed to an Elsmere, Ky. residence.

Agents seized the heroin and delivered the package without the heroin on September 3, 2010. Curtis Widner, a third defendant in the case, was arrested after accepting the package at his residence.

Additional investigation showed that Wills and Ross collaborated to arrange for Widner to accept the heroin. Ross attempted to pick up the package from Widner twice before law enforcement made its delivery.

Widner was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison in May of this year for his role in the scheme.

Investigators say Ross has a criminal history that dates back to 1997 when he was convicted of cocaine trafficking. He also has convictions for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and felony convictions for possessing drugs and weapons. His criminal history influenced the sentence imposed by the court.

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