COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A northern Kentucky businessman awaits sentencing for being a felon in possession of explosives, a violation of federal law.
Sam Droganes, 48, pleaded guilty on November 27 and admitted to selling 1.3G fireworks (large professional fireworks used in public displays) to a confidential conformant with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The sale occurred on May 28 at Droganes's store in Covington, Ky.
Droganes is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted in federal court in 2010 of an offense involving the same type of explosives. Under federal law, convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms and explosives.
Forty-four tractor-trailer loads of fireworks and pyrotechnics were removed from his business, Premium Fireworks, in July 2007.
Droganes is currently scheduled to appear for sentencing, before U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar, in Covington, on March 20, 2014.
He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. However, any sentence will be imposed by theCourt after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable federal statutes governing the imposition of sentences.