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

March 23, 2011

PROVIDENCE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING COCAINE;
2nd DEFENDANT AWAITING TRIAL

More than 1.2 kilos of cocaine, $17,000 in cash and two vehicles seized

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man arrested following a five month investigation into cocaine trafficking in Providence in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute; it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.

Immanuel Rosario, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to one count each of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Rosario is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14, 2011.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan, Providence Police, during a five-month investigation, developed information pertaining to a cocaine trafficking operation operating out of at least three residences in Providence. Based on surveillance and numerous undercover purchases, investigators determined that Rosario and a co-defendant, Felix Williams Arnod Suriel, a/k/a Hendrick Rivera Bruno, were working together to traffic cocaine. As the investigation progressed, information was developed that the defendants were expecting a significant sized shipment of cocaine to process for street sale.

On September 2, 2010, based on the information investigators had on the expected shipment of cocaine, law enforcement officers established several surveillances. Throughout the day the defendants’ movements were monitored. By early evening, both men were detained, searched and arrested. In addition, armed with search warrants, officers searched three Providence residences and a vehicle, seizing, in total, 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, more than $17,000 in cash, a semi-automatic pistol and various items used in the preparation, packaging and sale of cocaine.

The defendants have been detained since their arrest. Felix Williams Arnod Suriel, a/k/a Hendrick Rivera Bruno is awaiting trial.

The Government will move to forfeit $17,241 in cash, a 1995 Toyota Camry and a 2000 Honda Accord.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted Providence Police in the investigation of this matter.

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