U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 3, 2011
CENTRAL FALLS MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
Lengthy investigations led by ATF resulted in charges in six cases against Napoleon Andrade involving drugs, money laundering, a firearm and the theft of government property
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Napoleon Andrade, 29, of Central Falls, R.I., was sentenced today in U.S. District court in Providence to 120 months in federal prison, having pled guilty in August 2011 to drug, money laundering, firearm, and theft of government property charges. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi also sentenced Andrade to 5 years supervised release and imposed a fine of $10,000.
The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police; Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare; Central Falls Acting Police Chief Major James J. Mendonca; Acting North Providence Police Chief Deputy Chief Paul M. Martellini; and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.
On August 3, 2011, Andrade admitted to the facts that are the basis for charges contained in three federal Indictments and three Informations. The charges were the result of several ATF led investigations, and several joint federal, state and local investigations. Some of the investigations included “sting operations” and the use of electronic surveillance equipment.
In January 2010, Rhode Island State Police became aware of the presence of a kilogram of cocaine hidden under a treadmill in a gym in the Central Falls apartment building in which Andrade lived. Andrade admitted that he made statements, in a conversation monitored by ATF agents, that the cocaine was his.
Andrade admitted to the Court that in March 2010, he broke into a vehicle in Central Falls which contained 100 grams of sham crack cocaine; $500 in cash; and purported stolen jewelry. The car was placed on a street in Central Falls by ATF agents as part of a “sting operation.”
Andrade admitted that in April 2010, he provided a fully loaded .357 caliber revolver to a person working with government agents, with the intent that the firearm be used in a “drug-rip” of a kilogram of cocaine from a home in Connecticut.
Andrade admitted that in December 2009, he and a person working with government agents broke into a storage unit in North Providence that was rented by the ATF. They stole 840 cartons of cigarettes valued at over $30,000, which were owned by the Government. Andrade planned the break-in and provided funds to purchase bolt cutters that were used to open the storage unit.
Andrade admitted that in December 2009, he sold one pound of marijuana for $1,000 cash to a person working with government agents. An additional fifteen one pound packages of marijuana were observed inside Andrade’s residence at the time of the purchase.
Andrade also admitted to the Court that his principal source of income was derived from drug trafficking and other crimes. The money laundering charge he pled guilty to relate to the acquisition of a new vehicle in November 2008, valued at $42,294. Andrade arranged to make the cash purchase through a dealer who acted as a broker and purchased the car in the name of the dealership. The car was then provided to Andrade.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gerard B. Sullivan and Adi Goldstein.
The matters were investigated by ATF; Rhode Island State Police; and Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and North Providence Police Departments.