U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
January 22, 2010
Guilty plea in heroin and cocaine trafficking near a school
Cristofer Abreu-Quero has pleaded guilty to heroin and cocaine trafficking charges, admitting that he had a stash of heroin and cocaine in a basement apartment near the Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School in Providence, and additional cocaine in a car parked nearby the apartment. Providence Police detectives seized the drugs in April.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the guilty plea, which Abreu-Quero entered yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence.
At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah said that, had the case gone to trial, the government would have proven that about 146 grams of heroin was stored in Abreu-Quero’s basement apartment on Oxford Street when Providence Police executed a search warrant on April 3. In the basement and in a Honda parked outside, detectives found a total of about 40 grams of cocaine.
The apartment is within 500 feet of the Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, as was the Honda. Federal drug trafficking laws provide for enhanced penalties for drug trafficking near schools.
Abreu-Quero, 25, is detained pending sentencing, which Judge Smith scheduled for June 4. The potential penalties for the offenses to which he pleaded guilty are: conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin – five to 40 years imprisonment and a $2,000,000 fine; conspiracy to distribute cocaine – 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine; trafficking in 100 grams or more of heroin within 500 feet of a school – five to 80 years imprisonment; trafficking in cocaine within 500 feet of a school – 40 years imprisonment.