U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
April 28, 2011
ADILSON REYES PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING COCAINE
One of three defendants charged in one of R.I.’s largest cocaine seizures
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of three men arrested in January by federal, state and local law enforcement officers during the seizure of 65 kilos of cocaine and more than 1.2 million dollars in cash in North Kingstown pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.
Adilson A. Reyes, 29, of Utah, waived indictment in this matter and entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi; it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. Reyes is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15, 2011.
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against two co-defendants in this matter, Armando Saucedo, 30, and Andrew Rios, 39, both of California. The men were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess five or more kilos of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of five or more kilos of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes.
In September 2010, federal, state and local law enforcement agents, working in conjunction with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, developed information about the trafficking of cocaine from outside Rhode Island into the state. The investigation led investigators to monitor activity at hotels in West Greenwich and Pawtucket, several vehicles and a storage facility in North Kingstown.
In January, federal, state and local law enforcement agents executed search warrants and seized 65.07 kilos of cocaine, $1,245,070 in cash and a firearm from two vehicles and a storage facility in North Kingstown.
The cases against all three defendants are being prosecuted jointly in federal court by federal prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Hebert and state prosecutor Assistant Attorney General Paul F. Daly, Jr.
The matter was investigated by the DEA, Rhode Island State Police, and officers from the Warwick, Woonsocket, and East Providence Police Departments.
An indictment 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.