BUFFALO, NY (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that Rico Freeman, 35, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan A. Tokash and Joseph M. Tripi, who handled the case, stated that between May 2016 and June 2017, the defendant conspired with others to operate a high-traffic and extremely profitable cocaine and crack cocaine distribution network in Western New York.
Freeman obtained quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine from a local source of supply during the course of this conspiracy. The defendant would then sell the cocaine and crack cocaine directly to customers, or have other co-defendants conduct sales on his behalf.
On May 24, 2017, federal agents executed a search warrant on Freeman’s apartment on Main Street in Niagara Falls and seized drug scales and packaging. Residue collected from the scales tested positive for cocaine.
The defendant was arrested along with co-defendants Ramone Westbrook, Corey Bradberry, and Darius Dix, aka Darius Jenkins, who were all previously convicted.