Greenville man sentenced as part of 10-year drug trafficking operation

From staff reportsFebruary 7, 2013 

— A Greenville man has been sentenced to 150 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release following his September 11 conviction on six violations of federal narcotics laws.

The arrest resulted from a 10-year investigation into the infrastructure of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations that led to the arrest of more than 100 suspects in North Carolina alone.

Jeremy Richardson, 28, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams of cocaine or more and a quantity of powered cocaine.

According to evidence presented in court, Richardson arranged sales with undercover operatives and sold them crack cocaine for two years.

Investigation into Richardson revealed that he had been selling drugs since 2001 and was responsible for the distribution of more than 800 grams of crack cocaine and 10 kilograms of powder cocaine.

The arrest came as a part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation titled, “No Quarter.”

During the investigation, 127 kilograms of cocaine was seized, 41 lbs. of crystal methamphetamine, 160 lbs. of marijuana and 32 grams of heroin, all of which is valued at around $4.6 million.

Currency adding up to $1.5 million was seized, as well as 35 firearms and 35 properties – worth another $1.5 million – that were used for the distribution of illegal drugs.

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