U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 6, 2010
PROVIDENCE MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF
MORE THAN 4 KILOS OF COCAINE
Providence, R.I. – A Providence man arrested shortly after police watched him handling a large chunk of cocaine and counting large sums of cash in his apartment was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 87 months in federal prison. Brayanth Fernandez, 36, pleaded guilty in June to one count of possession of more than 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. At the time of Fernandez’s arrest, police seized more than 4 kilos of cocaine and $96,000 in cash, which has been forfeited to the federal government.
The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi, was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
At the time of the Fernandez’s guilty plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein told the Court that on February 25, 2010, Providence Police detectives watched from a nearby garage as Fernandez counted a large amount of cash and handled a chunk of what appeared to be cocaine powder and placed it into a plastic bag. A short time later, Fernandez left the apartment.
Soon after Fernandez entered his vehicle, law enforcement agents converged around the vehicle. On the front passenger seat, inside an open blue bag, police observed a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance. The substance was later weighed and tested and found to be 299 grams of cocaine. In the trunk of the vehicle police discovered items used in the “cutting” and repackaging of cocaine. Police also discovered two wads of cash totaling $2486 in Fernandez’s pockets.
Police also conducted a search of Fernandez’s apartment where they discovered about four kilos of cocaine in a shopping bag, a white cloth bag that contained $90,020 in cash, several smaller bags containing cocaine and an additional $3,700 in cash. The vehicle that Fernandez used, a Mercedez-Benz, was also seized and forfeited.
In total, police seized from Fernandez’s vehicle and residence in excess of 4.4 kilograms of cocaine and $96,206 in cash.
The matter was investigated by the Providence Police Department, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration.