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Third person indicted in Ravenel drug case

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WIS) - A third person may be involved in the Thomas Ravenel drug case.

The federal grand jury has indicted 53-year-old Pasquale Pellicoro on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Pasquale Pellicoro, a staple in the low-country's wine industry, is the latest to be indicted in the case by a federal grand jury. He too now faces cocaine charges.
    
We went looking for him Wednesday night, and here's what we found.

Our first stop was at Pellicoro's last listed home address in mount pleasant. We knocked on the door, but were told he doesn't live here anymore.

WIS News 10 then got word Pellicoro was seen late Tuesday a few miles away at I-bistro. A wine distributor, Pellicoro is a regular there, where he hosts a weekly wine tasting.

A manager inside told us the restaurant's attorneys had advised them not to make any comment about the indictment.

The 53-year-old Pellicoro is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
 
Those are the same charges Thomas Ravenel is facing. The former South Carolina State Treasurer has pleaded not guilty.

The 45-year-old Charleston developer recently returned to South Carolina after a stay at a drug rehabilitation clinic.

Ravenel resigned as treasurer last month amid charges he bought cocaine and shared it with friends.

Ravenel and Pellicoro each face a maximum sentence of 20 years if convicted.

On Wednesday, a grand jury also added state drug charges to the indictment against Ravenel's co-defendant, 25-year-old Michael Miller. Each count carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.
     
The  trial had been postponed to give attorneys more time to prepare. It was moved from September to early November.

Reported by Dan Tordjman

Posted by Logan Smith

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