COLUMBIA — Pasquale Pellicoro pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court for playing a role in the 2007 cocaine ring that landed former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel in jail.
Pellicoro, an Italian citizen who used to live on Johns Island and sell wine, told District Judge Joseph F. Anderson that he is guilty of one count of conspiracy to possess with intend to distribute cocaine. Pellicoro, 58, was on the run in Europe from the summer of 2007 until earlier this year. He was extradited back to the United States in August and has been detained in a Midlands facility.
Pellicoro was sentenced to 27 months in prison. He will be given credit for about a year served already. He will be deported after he finishes his prison sentence, officials said.
Ravenel was indicted by a federal grand jury on cocaine charges four years ago, resigned his office and served 10 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine.
Ravenel’s codefendant and cocaine supplier Michael L. Miller of Mount Pleasant also pleaded guilty and served a 10-month sentence.
Pellicoro was escorted back to the country by U.S. marshals from Italy, where he had spent six months in custody. An informant led officials to Pellicoro.