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Man sentenced in major Richmond pot bust

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

One of the men who almost got away with bringing hundreds of pounds of marijuana into Richmond will spend the next several years behind bars.

The case is one of the biggest pot busts in the city's history. The three men convicted in this case were dealing with hundreds of pounds of pot and thousands of dollars in cash, but police got to it first.

Now 22-year-old Andrew Massengill will spend the next 7 years in jail for his role in the drug ring.

Police say Massengill and two other men intended to sell 267 lbs. of marijuana, which investigators say has a street value of $1.2 million. Investigators also found thousands of dollars in cash.

Credit for busting this drug ring goes to the current VCU Assistant Police Chief, Chris Preuss. He started the investigation in 2004, when he was a detective.

Preuss stayed on the case which eventually led to the arrest of Massengill and the two other men, Jeremy Harrington and Eduardo Fabelo.

Harrington and Fabelo have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Massengill's sentence is part of a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty on charges of transporting five pounds or more of marijuana into the commonwealth and to possession with intent to distribute. 

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