U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 9, 2010
CRISTOFER ABREU-QUERO SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRING TO DEAL HEROIN AND COCAINE NEAR PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Cristofer Abreu-Quero of Providence was sentenced Thursday to 75 months in federal prison and 8 years supervised release for possessing and conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine from a basement apartment across the street from a Providence elementary school. Abreu-Quero, 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in January to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin within 1000 feet of a school; possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school; and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
U. S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentence, which was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence.
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha noted, “Drug dealers who set up shop in our neighborhoods do so with arrogance and a total disregard to the impact they have on the neighborhoods and the people who live there. Armed drug dealers who sell their wares in the shadows of a neighborhood elementary school put children at risk in the one place parents expect their children will be safe and sheltered from the impact of street violence and drug dealing.”
At the defendant’s change of plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah said that, had the case gone to trial, the government would have proven that more than 146 grams of heroin and approximately 40 grams of cocaine were stored in Abreu-Quero’s basement apartment on Oxford Street when Providence Police executed a search warrant on April 3. Police also seized three firearms. The apartment is within 500 feet of the Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School.
A co-conspirator in this matter, Alexis Rodriguez, was sentenced in April to 60 months in federal prison and 8 years supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert assisted in the prosecution of this case.
The matter was investigated by Providence Police.