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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

‘Chronic Offender’ Who Led Police On High-Speed Chase Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

Sold Crack Cocaine to Undercover Officers, Crashed Car into Tree

January 13, 2012

            A Seattle man affiliated with a violent street gang, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  DENNIS RAY RICHARDS, 35, was arrested August 3, 2011, after leading police on a high-speed chase and crashing his car into a tree.  RICHARDS was trying to flee from Seattle Police and FBI agents who had investigated him following a series of crack cocaine sales to undercover officers.  RICHARDS pleaded guilty in October 2011 to distribution of crack cocaine.  The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik.

            According to records filed in the case, RICHARDS is affiliated with the Pointside Gangster Crip street gang.  RICHARDS sold crack cocaine to a person working with law enforcement on two different occasions in October 2010 and January 2011.  After RICHARDS was charged, law enforcement officers went to arrest him and he crashed his car following the high-speed chase.  In the car, officers discovered additional crack cocaine.  RICHARDS has four prior convictions for drug dealing.

            Prosecutors said RICHARDS’ lengthy criminal history qualified him as a career offender, facing enhanced penalties under the sentencing guidelines.  Due to his history of drug addiction, prosecutors also recommended drug treatment while incarcerated.

            The case was investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the FBI.

            The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.Return to Top

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