A federal jury has found Raymond Richardson not guilty of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Lincoln that dated back to 2007.

The government had alleged that he was involved in a conspiracy that started in the summer of 2007 with people he met while working on a daycare under construction in Lincoln.

In closing arguments Monday, Richardson's attorney, Carlos Monzon, said the government relied on the testimony of three people who had been convicted of drug conspiracy, trying to get sentence reductions.

Where are all his alleged customers? he asked.

"The government did not have the evidence because my client is innocent," Monzon said.

On Tuesday, the jury returned a verdict finding Richardson not guilty; and the case against him was dismissed.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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