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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Houma Man is Convicted of Drug Distribution Charge

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that today a federal jury convicted, DONALD RICHARDSON, age 36, of Houma, Louisiana, of distribution of a quantity of cocaine base (“crack”).

RICHARDSON was charged in a two-count indictment, alleging that on March 17, 2011, and March 23, 2011, RICHARDSON distributed a quantity of crack.  After a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance, a jury returned a guilty verdict against RICHARDSON for the March 23, 2011 distribution charge.

RICHARDSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a maximum fine of $1,000,000, three years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.   Judge Vance set sentencing for March 4, 2015.            

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Terrebonne Parish Department’s Narcotics Unit in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Andre’ Jones and Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian C. Ebarb were in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 26, 2014