Lancaster County man gets 15 years for cocaine distribution

Staff reports

A Lancaster County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for selling cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Mitchell Narada Kelly, 36, was sentenced in federal court to 15 years and eight months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney William Witherspoon. He had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Evidence presented at Kelly’s change-of-plea hearing showed that officers from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agreed to make a controlled purchase of cocaine from Kelly, according to a release. The officers sent individuals to Kelly’s home, where they purchased cocaine three times in April and June of 2015.

The cocaine purchased each time weighed between 1 and 3 ounces, Witherspoon said. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Kelly’s home, where they found digital scales, a small amount of cocaine, various types of ammunition and a .40-caliber gun.

Kelly admitted during his plea hearing that he had five prior felony drug convictions, the release states.