(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ricardo Casado, 31, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who is handling the case, stated that Casado was a member of a drug trafficking organization led by his brother, co-defendant Jose Casado. Between December of 2017 and May 15, 2019, the organization distributed large quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine out of drug houses located on Clifford Avenue and Treyer Street in Rochester.
On January 25, 2019, Ricardo Casado sold 80 baggies of fentanyl and 80 baggies of cocaine in exchange for $600, on behalf of the drug trafficking organization.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.