Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced Friday a man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for possessing and distributing crack cocaine throughout Charlottesville, Virginia.
Thirty-five-year-old Ricco Jamel Harris previously pleaded guilty to one count of distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 280 grams of cocaine base, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
Between late 2012 and November 2015, Harris was a major supplier of crack cocaine in the Charlottesville Region, distributing more than 4 kilograms of the drug. He supplied cocaine to a distribution ring operating out of Culpeper. Members of that cocaine distribution ring were previously prosecuted in a federal court.
Undercover Jefferson Area Drug Task Force agents successfully purchased crack cocaine from Harris. During a traffic stop, agents recovered more than 75 grams of cocaine from Harris’ vehicle.