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Kevin Elders Found Guilty, Sentenced to 10 Years


August 1994

Kevin Elders, 28, the son of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, was convicted for selling 3.5 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent for $275 ("Elders Guilty," USA Today, July 19, 1994, p. 34). Elders received the minimum ten-year sentence. He could have been sentenced to a life term.

Mr. Elders said that he has been involved with drugs for ten years and has been addicted to cocaine for about three. He said his parents knew of his drug problem, but did not know how bad it really was.