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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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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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