U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 3, 2010
FALL RIVER MAN SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING HEROIN FROM INDIA
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Fall River, Mass., man was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison and 4 years supervised release for conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute nearly 730 grams of heroin. Baker Alli, 50, and two co-defendants, pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court in Providence to trafficking heroin from India. A fourth person is being sought.
The sentence, announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.
Federal law enforcement agents intercepted packages containing large quantities of heroin at the Cincinnati/Kentucky Airport and the International Mail Branch of JFK Airport in New York in October 2009. The packages, addressed for delivery in Rhode Island, contained 338.1 grams and 391 grams of heroin. Agents posing as deliverymen completed delivery of the packages, and continued their investigation which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for four individuals.
In addition to the charges brought against Alli, two other Providence residents, Ebony Gray, 31, and Adriana Dasilva, 28, were charged with conspiracy to possess more than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute. Both entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Providence in May, and are awaiting sentencing.
Tajuden Alaje, a Nigerian National last known to be living in Providence, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy to possess and distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; and possession with the intent to distribute and the distribution of 100 grams or more of heroin. Alaje is a fugitive whose whereabouts are unknown.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein. The matter was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), DEA, ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Postal Service Inspectors.