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Former Damascus, Va. police chief pleads guilty to selling drugs

Staff Report • Mar 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

According to a Bristol Herald Courier report, former Damascus, Va., police chief Tony Richardson has pleaded guilty to seven drug-related charges.In a plea agreement, Richardson admitted selling methamphetamine and prescription drugs while police chief. In return for the plea, the prosecution dropped nine additional drug-related charges.Richardson faces a maximum sentence of 85 years in prison when sentenced on all charges in May.The charges that were dropped were two counts of conspiracy to distribute meth, two counts of obstructing justice, grand larceny of a firearm, possession of hydrocodone and possession of a firearm while distributing meth.According to testimony in the cased drug buys were made from Richardson by a confidential informant on three separate dates in 2007. When his home was searched drugs and weapons were found.Richardson’s attorney, says confidential source was paid for the information and had a romantic relationship with Richardson that ended several months before the drug buys. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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