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Kennedy sentenced on drug charge

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Galax man to serve 87 months in federal prison on meth conspiracy charge

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ROANOKE — A Galax man, found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. District Court, received a prison sentence of more than seven years last Thursday.

Kenneth Joe Kennedy, having earlier entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, appeared before federal Judge James Turk for sentencing Oct. 21.

The judge ordered Kennedy confined to the federal Bureau of Prisons for 87 months, according to court papers.

After he serves that sentence, Kennedy will be on a term of supervised release for four years.

He is not to own firearms, destructive devices or other dangerous weapons after his release. Kennedy will have to submit to warrantless searches of his person and property as directed by his probation officer, in order to determine whether he possesses illegal controlled substances, the court papers state.

The court dropped four distribution of meth charges against Kennedy.

Kennedy was one of five locals convicted of conspiracy to distribute meth.