U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 1, 2011
CRANSTON CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Cranston man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 60 months in federal prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, having pleaded guilty in June to possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Daniel Waite, 23, was arrested in April 2009 after a search of his apartment turned up 170 grams of crack cocaine and drug dealing paraphernalia.
Waite’s sentence, which was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi, was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Cranston Police Chief Colonel Marco Palombo, Jr.
At Waite’s change of plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Browne told the Court that Cranston Police had developed information that Waite was selling cocaine powder and crack cocaine. After obtaining a search warrant for his apartment, they had to force their way inside after their knocks on the door were ignored.
When police entered the apartment they found Waite lying on a mattress. When officers removed him from the mattress they discovered two baggies containing crack cocaine under him. They also located twelve bags of crack cocaine in a pocket of his jeans. The search turned up approximately 170 grams of crack cocaine, a scale and plastic bags used to package the crack cocaine for sale.
Waite has been detained since his arrest.
The matter was investigated by Cranston Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the assistance of East Providence Police.
Assistant U.S Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch assisted in the prosecution of this case.