Former New York Resident Indicted for Meth Trafficking

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ERIE, PA — A former resident of Jamestown, New York has been indicted by a federal grand jury this week in Erie on a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, announced Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti.

The one-count Indictment named Andre Richards, 23, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, in or around March 2023, Richards possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 9.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Molly W. Anglin is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Warren County Drug Task Force, the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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