W.Va. drug trafficker sentenced to 22-plus years

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia man who had more than a kilo of cocaine during a drug purchase has been sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 31-year-old Richard L. Curry Jr. of Parkersburg was sentenced Monday in federal court in Charleston to 22 years and seven months. Curry pleaded guilty in July to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

Prosecutors say Curry distributed large quantities of cocaine to a confidential informant in exchange for cash on at least seven occasions.

In May, Curry was arrested upon entering an informant’s home in Charleston where he fired a shot that went into the floor. No one was injured.

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