U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 29, 2011
PROVIDENCE MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE NEAR A SCHOOL; FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man arrested in January 2011 on drug and firearm charges following the execution of a state search warrant at his residence was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to 51 months in federal prison, to be followed by 6 years of supervised release. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Jeovanny Ocasio, 24, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi, on charges of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents and information presented to the Court, Providence Police executed a state authorized search warrant at Ocasio’s residence on January 20, 2011, and seized a total of 8.5 grams of cocaine from the defendant’s kitchen and bedroom, and a .357 revolver, ammunition and a speed loader found hidden in an air conditioner in the basement. Ocasio’s residence is located within 1,000 feet of the Alfred Lima Elementary School.
Ocasio, who was previously convicted of a felony punishable by more than one year in prison, has been detained since his arrest.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Richard W. Rose. The matter was investigated by Providence Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.