HAZARD – A Perry County man was sentenced this week to serve a total of 11 years in prison in two separate drug cases.
Elijah Walker, 46, of Hazard, was indicted last year on four counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was arrested as part of an Operation UNITE roundup in December 2011.
Walker was sentenced to serve a total of six years in prison on all charges, but picked up an additional five years for violating his probation in a previous case. He was indicted in the first case in September 2010 on charges of first, second and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. As part of a plea agreement, those charges were amended to drug possession and he was placed on five years of supervised probation.
That probation was revoked earlier this year in response to the charges filed in the latter case. Circuit Judge Bill Engle on Thursday sentenced Walker to serve the sentences consecutively for a total of 11 years. He will additionally be required to forfeit a revolver seized in the 2011 case, as well as pay $465 in restitution to Operation UNITE.