Lexington man sentenced to 30 years in prison in drug case

A Lexington man who used proceeds from trafficking cocaine to buy houses and vehicles was sentenced to 30 years in prison for multiple federal offenses, officials said Friday.

Chief U.S. District Judge Karen C. Caldwell sentenced Marquis Deron Heard, 35, on Thursday for distribution of cocaine, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and 29 counts of money laundering, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office said.

A jury convicted Heard in January after a four day trial. Heard was involved in trafficking large quantities of cocaine into Lexington from a Mexican source. Heard had distributed at least 45 kilograms, nearly 100 pounds, of cocaine, a news release said, according to testimony. Heard was also found in possession of firearms when he was arrested.

Under federal law, Heard must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence. He will then be on supervised release for 10 years.