U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE FELON CHARGED WITH BEING IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Providence police detectives seize loaded firearm, drugs found among children’s toys
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man has been ordered detained on a federal firearm charge after Providence Police detectives seized a loaded firearm and drugs stowed among children’s toys in a bedroom in the man’s residence.
Henry Lee, 28, made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday and was ordered detained by U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Martin. Lee’s arrest and detention was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. P
According to an Affidavit in support of an Arrest Warrant and Criminal Complaint filed with the Court, the Providence Police Department Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau culminated an investigation into Lee’s alleged firearm and drug activities with the execution of a state search warrant on Thursday at Lee’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, Lee allegedly directed detectives to a rear bedroom containing several children’s toys, and allegedly stated, “The drugs are in the top drawer and my gun is right in the box.”
According to the Affidavit, detectives seized several plastic bags containing various amounts and weights of crack cocaine and marijuana from a drawer. A fully loaded .380 caliber handgun and a bag of ammunition were seized from a child’s toy “Girl Gourmet” cupcake mixer box. According to the Affidavit, Lee also directed detectives to a kitchen closet from which they seized an armor bullet proof vest.
A Criminal Complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison; 3 years supervised release; and a fine of $250,000.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.
The matter was investigated by the Providence Police Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.