Berkeley County man sentenced for role in drug conspiracy

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Theodore Richardson, of Martinsburg, west Virginia, was sentenced today to 30 months of incarceration for his role in a drug conspiracy that spanned several states, Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard announced.

Richardson, also known as “JR,” age 57, pleaded guilty in March 2021 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Fentanyl and Cocaine.” Richardson admitted to selling cocaine hydrochloride, also known as “coke,” and fentanyl in June 2019 in Berkeley County.

This case is the result of investigations supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) under the Attorney General-led Synthetic Opioid Surge (SOS)/Special Operations Division (SOD) Project Clean Sweep.  This initiative seeks to reduce the supply of synthetic opioids in “hot spot” areas previously identified by the Attorney General of the United States, thereby reducing drug overdoses and drug overdose deaths, and identify wholesale distribution networks and sources of supply operating nationally and internationally.

OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Lydia Lehman, also with the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated.

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