Acio Richards, a 26 year old St. Thomas resident, was sentenced Thursday to 24 months in prison for cocaine distribution, acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced.
District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez also sentenced Richards to three years of supervised release.
On Feb. 27, Richards pleaded guilty to three counts of cocaine distribution. According to the plea agreement filed in court, 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.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.