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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

Jackson, TN – Revosea Richardson, 27, of Selmer, Tennessee, has been sentenced to 205 months in federal prison for conspiring with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Joseph C. Murphy, Jr., United States Attorney, announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on January 23, 2019, a deputy from the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office, observed a Nissan Altima heading eastbound on Hwy. 57 run a stop-sign. The driver, identified as Haleigh Amerson, did not have a driver's license. The defendant, Richardson, told the officer he had warrants and he was immediately placed into custody. Officers could also smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, so a search of the vehicle was conducted.

While searching the vehicle, officers located a Taurus 9mm handgun in Richardson's backpack. A search of Richardson’s person revealed a bag containing a white crystallized substance, which was later confirmed by DEA laboratory to be 20 grams of actual methamphetamine/ICE, a bag containing around four grams of marijuana, and one Alprazolam pill.

Richardson is a convicted felon, having been previously convicted of multiple felony offenses, including possessing over .5 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, possessing over .5 ounces of marijuana with the intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a firearm, and was thus prohibited from possessing firearms on January 23, 2019.

On August 27, 2020, during an interview with law enforcement, Richardson admitted to buying and selling methamphetamine for the past 3 to 4 years, and he provided specific amounts of methamphetamine he purchased for resale during that time. In all, Richardson was held responsible for 20 grams of actual methamphetamine/ICE and approximately 1.4 kilograms of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

On January 11, 2022, Chief United States District Judge S. Thomas Anderson sentenced Richardson to 205 months' imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Recognition is also given to the 25th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office for their assistance in this case.

Assistant United States Attorneys Josh Morrow and Christie Hopper prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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Contact: 
Cherri Green Public Affairs (901) 544-4231
Updated January 27, 2022