Colombian National Sentenced To More Than 17 Years For Trafficking Narcotics On The High Seas And Endangering The Lives Of U.S. Coast Guard Members
Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Chanin Terrell Richardson (29, Dade City) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He pleaded guilty on August 7, 2014.
According to court documents, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Richardson’s Dade City residence after undercover officers had repeatedly purchased cocaine base from the home. Agents found Richardson in possession of more than 40 grams of cocaine base, powder cocaine, prescription pills, heroin, marijuana, a semi-automatic pistol, a short-barreled shotgun, and multiple rounds of ammunition. Richardson has previously been convicted of several felony offenses and is a documented member of the “Dade City Boys” criminal organization.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josephine W. Thomas.