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Ville Platte Man Sentenced with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute Cocaine

Eric J. Richard, 42, of Ville Platte, Louisiana,was sentenced to 71 months (6 years, 11 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release,for possession of methamphetamine withintent to distribute cocaine.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 10:53 AM
Updated: Apr 9, 2021 11:07 AM

Eric J. Richard, 42, of Ville Platte, Louisiana,was sentenced  to 71 months (6 years, 11 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release,for possession of methamphetamine withintent to distribute cocaine. Richard was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2018 charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The charges in the indictment stemmed from an incident on October 25, 2017, when a Louisiana State Trooper conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Richard was driving on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish. During the stop, a law enforcement canine performed a sniff around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Troopers searched Richard’s vehicle and found a white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, inside a duffel bag belonging to Richard. The only other items inside the bag were a small set of scales and one shirt. The suspected cocaine was sent to the laboratory for analysis and it was confirmed that the substance found was 1,060 grams of cocaine.The FBI and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigationandAssistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case

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