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

August 4, 2011

Napoleon Andrade pleads guilty to drug, firearm,
money laundering and theft of government property charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Central Falls, R.I. man will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Providence on October 20, 2011, after pleading guilty on Wednesday to a variety of charges contained in three federal indictments and three informations filed with the U.S. District Court, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

Napoleon Andrade, 29, faces up to a total of 125 years in federal prison, including two 5-year mandatory minimum sentences for trafficking cocaine; fines totaling $11,000,000; and lifetime supervised release.

At Wednesday’s change-of-plea hearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan outlined details of the charges which resulted from several federal, state and local law enforcement investigations, some of which included “sting operations” and the use of electronic surveillance equipment.

  • An indictment returned on April 12, 2010 charged the defendant with attempted possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. Information presented to the court detailed a “sting operation” in which Andrade broke into a vehicle placed by ATF agents which contained 100 grams of sham crack cocaine; $500 in cash; and purported stolen jewelry.
  • An indictment returned on April 12, 2010 charging the defendant with possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Information presented to the Court detailed that on January 9, 2010 Rhode Island State Police were tipped off to the presence of a kilogram of cocaine hidden under a treadmill in a gym in the Central Falls apartment building in which the defendant lived. Later, ATF agents monitored conversations in which Andrade made statements admitting the cocaine was his.
  • An indictment returned on April 21, 2010 charging the defendant with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Information provided to the court detailed Andrade’s delivery of a .357 caliber revolver to a person working with government agents, purportedly to be used in a drug-rip. 
  • Three informations filed with the U.S. District Court on Wednesday charged Napoleon Andrade with:
    • Theft of Government property – Information presented to the Court detailed that Andrade, on December 17, 2009 broke into a storage unit in North Providence in which ATF agents, in a “sting operation,” had placed 840 cartons of cigarettes valued at over $30,000. Andrade was videotaped breaking into the storage unit and stealing the cigarettes.
    • Distribution of marijuana – Information presented to the Court detailed a December 12, 2009 transaction between a person working with the government and Andrade in which the cooperator purchased one pound of marijuana for $1,000 cash. An additional fifteen one pound packages of marijuana were observed inside Andrade’s residence at the time of the purchase.
    • Money laundering – Information presented to the Court detailed that Andrade’s principal source of income was derived from drug trafficking and other crimes. The money laundering charge is related to his cash 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 are being co-prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gerard B. Sullivan and Adi Goldstein.

The cases were investigated by ATF; Rhode Island State Police; Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and North Providence police departments; with the assistance of the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General.


Contact: 401-709-5357

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