Man wanted for supplying cocaine to ex-treasurer arrested in France


BELFORT, FRANCE (WCSC) - The man wanted by SC state police, the FBI and local investigators for allegedly supplying cocaine to former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel was captured by French police Thursday.

David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in South Carolina, said French police in Belfort France arrested Pasquale Pellicoro at 10:40 p.m. Thursday.

In January 2007, a joint investigation involving several law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was initiated based on concerns over the distribution of cocaine powder in Charleston.

During this investigation, Thomas Ravenel, the Treasurer for the State of South Carolina, was identified as participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine powder.  Further investigation revealed that Pasquale Pellicoro was one of a number of suppliers of cocaine to Ravenel.

These sales took place in Charleston between January 2005 and June 2007.

A summons in the case was issued to Pellicoro requiring him to appear before the Magistrate Judge on Sept. 5, 2007, but  Pellicoro failed to appear, and was found to have fled the United States because of the pending charge.

Pellicoro has been a fugitive for the past three years.

The FBI, Interpol, and police agencies in Europe worked jointly to apprehend Pellicoro.

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