Patrick pleads guilty on drug and firearm charges

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PIKEVILLE – A former Magoffin County school teacher forfeited 87 firearms to the federal government after he admitted in court today that the guns were used to further his prescription pill trafficking activities.

Darrell Patrick, 46, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, distributing a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

According to his plea agreement, starting in August 2009, undercover investigators with Operation UNITE bought oxycodone tablets from Patrick on several different occasions.

In October of 2009, a search warrant was executed at Patrick’s residence and authorities found a small amount of oxycodone tablets and located the majority of the firearms inside a gun safe. A bulletproof vest was also located next to the gun safe.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Operation UNITE, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) jointly announced the plea.

The case was investigated by Operation UNITE and ATF. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Roger West.

Patrick will appear in federal court in Pikeville for sentencing on October 5, 2011. He faces a minimum of five years on the firearm offense and a maximum of 20 years on the drug offense. The court will impose a sentence after considering the statute governing the imposition of sentences and the United States Sentencing Guidelines.