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SIX SENTENCED FOR CRACK DISTRIBUTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA -- A group of seven individuals, who earlier this year
pled guilty to charges related to the distribution of crack cocaine, were sentenced today in the
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Earlier this year, Charles Edward Gibson, 23, Rashard Richards, 18 and Reagan Richards,
31, all of Charlottesville, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess withthe intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.

In addition, Laurel Ann Carson, 49, Rebecca Lee Brannock, 23, Montana Mawyer, 23 and
Teressa Sims, 38, all of Charlottesville, each pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute andpossess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Today in District Court these defendants were sentenced to the following:

• Reagan Richards-240 months incarceration, 10 years supervised release.
• Rashard Richards- 90 months incarceration, five years supervised release.
• Laurel Ann Carson- 30 months incarceration, four years supervised release.
• Rebecca Lee Brannock- 42 months incarceration, four years supervised release.
• Montana Mawyer- 42 months incarceration, four years supervised release.
• Teressa Simms- 108 months incarceration, five years supervised release.

The defendants previously admitted that between June 2010 and October 2011, they
collectively distributed more 3,696 grams of crack cocaine in the City of Charlottesville.

Reagan Richards, the head of the conspiracy, distributed crack cocaine himself and also had
a network of dealers and subordinates who not only sold the cocaine but also stored it for him.
Many times, the female members of the conspiracy stored cocaine or reserved local hotel rooms that were used to package the drugs and arrange sales.

The investigation of the case was conducted by police officers from the City of
Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle working with the Jefferson Area Drug Task Force.
Assistant United States Attorney Ron Huber and Special Assistant United States Attorneys Joe
Platania and Elliot Casey are prosecuting the case for the United States.

 

 

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