Nelson County man pleads guilty to marijuana sale

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 A Nelson County man pleaded guilty in United States District Court last week to a single count indictment charging him with possession and intent to distribute marijuana, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

According to information presented in court, Joseph P. O’Bryan, 45, attempted to sell 400 pounds of marijuana for $320,000 to a law enforcement confidential informant on Oct. 8, 2013. At the time of the sale, defendant O’Bryan was on supervised release for a prior, federal felony conviction. According to conduct stipulated in the plea agreement, O’Bryan will forfeit $22,100 to the United States for money received during the sale of 22 pounds of marijuana to a law enforcement confidential informant on Feb. 28, 2013.

O’Bryan is scheduled for sentencing before Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III, on May 16 in Louisville.

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.