A Perry County resident convicted on federal drug charges earlier this year was sentenced to 155 months in prison in U.S. District Court in London on Thursday, November 16.
Martin Coots, 46, of Puncheon Camp Road in the Leatherwood community, was arrested on May 20, 2005, as part of a drug round-up conducted by Operation UNITE.
Following a July 2006 trial a federal court jury found Coots guilty of possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 marijuana plants and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Operation UNITE began its investigation in February 2005 with the purchase of marijuana from Coots at his residence.
Three months later UNITE detectives, assisted by the Kentucky State Police and Perry County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at the home during a county wide round-up of suspected dealers.
During the search officers located 1,233 marijuana plants in an outbuilding next to the home, approximately 4 pounds of processed marijuana and a set of scales inside the residence. In addition, two pistols and a rifle were discovered in the home and a second rifle was found in the outbuilding near the marijuana.
The round-up made national news later in 2005 when it was included in a Country Music Television show called "Small Town Secrets".