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USDOJ: St. Thomas’ Acio Richards Given Two Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Three Counts of Cocaine Distribution

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of cocaine distribution.

Acio Richards, 26, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to two years in prison and three years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

According to the plea agreement, Richards admitted to distributing cocaine to an undercover agent on three different occasions in November 2016.

Richards further admitted that during the third transaction, he exchanged a purported half-ounce of cocaine for a Glock pistol.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez handed down the sentence to Richards.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

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