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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

November 21, 2011

Providence, R.I., man sentenced to federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jose Osorio, 35, of Providence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith on Friday to 96 months in federal prison for trafficking crack cocaine. Osorio, 35, was arrested by Providence Police in May 2009 after a court authorized search of his residence turned up more than 32 grams of crack cocaine.

The sentencing of Osorio was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare.

According to information presented to the court at the time of Osorio’s guilty plea in February 2010 and at his sentencing hearing, Providence Police sought and executed a state search warrant in Osorio’s residence on May 15, 2009. The search yielded thirty-nine bags of crack cocaine in a pill bottle in the kitchen area and two larger bags of crack cocaine a locked safe. The amount of crack cocaine seized totaled 32.57 grams.

While the search was taking place at his residence, Osorio was located at a separate location and arrested by Providence Police. During questioning, Osorio admitted to police that the drugs belonged to him. He has been detained since his arrest.

The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan.

The matter was investigated by the Providence Police Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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