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Hannibal, Missouri Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

St. Louis, MO – JOSEPH RICHARDSON, of Hannibal, Missouri, was sentenced to a total of 70 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.  Richardson appeared for sentencing today in St. Louis before Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

In October 2015, Richardson pleaded guilty to possession of more than two kilograms of marijuana and 244 grams of cocaine at his residence in Hannibal.  Richardson admitted to possessing the drugs with the intent to sell them.  In addition to the drugs, the police discovered a scale, bags, capsules and other evidence of his intent to distribute the drugs, as well as cash proceeds of drug distribution at the scene.

Richardson was on federal supervised release at the time of his offense, and his sentence consists of 46 months for the new charge and 24 months on the revocation of his supervision.  Judge Sippel ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

The case was investigated by the Hannibal Police Department and the prosecution was assisted by the Marion County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.  Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus handled the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Updated January 11, 2016

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