ATLANTA -- A cocaine trafficker who was caught by happenstance will spend more than 17 years in federal prison.
Ricky Nuckles was arrested after an off-duty DEA agent watched him participate in a drug transaction at an Atlanta gas station. The 41-year-old Johns Creek man was convicted May 13.
"We have removed another cocaine trafficker off of the streets, thanks to the quick thinking and fine police work performed by one of our own Special Agents," Daniel R. Salter, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a release.
The transaction happened Dec. 23, 2013, at a gas station on Cheshire Bridge Road. According to information presented in court, Nuckles parked his car beside a pump and entered the station's convenience store, where he made a call on his cell phone.